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New Tiny form factor PCs might have heat issues.
Things are evolving rapidly, but I wouldn't get any tiny desktop unless it's a MacMini. Similarly with an all-in-one.

Otherwise, pick a budget and get the best you can for that price.

The latest Intel series is the 12xxx chips. I would avoid the i3, myself. i5 would be fine, AMD Ryzen 5 series (the latest are the 5xxx chips), similarly would be fine. Try to get an SSD as the boot disk - it makes a huge difference in performance.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Scott.
New Not a thing
ETA: i3 will be fine for a little light Excel work, but you get more bang/buck with the AMD APUs
Expand Edited by pwhysall March 2, 2022, 03:13:48 PM EST
     I have to get a new box to run Microsoft Excel - (crazy) - (15)
         8GB, SSD, AMD APU - (pwhysall) - (1)
             Ditto on checking online Excel -NT - (malraux)
         Tiny form factor PCs might have heat issues. - (Another Scott) - (1)
             Not a thing - (pwhysall)
         If you have a Mac - Microsoft Excel 2021 for Mac. -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         Have you checked that it can't be edited in LibreOffice (or similar)? - (CRConrad) - (8)
             Oh, it probably can be - (pwhysall) - (7)
                 Yeah, you're right about the blamage-potential, but wrong about... - (CRConrad) - (6)
                     Spin up a VM, install Windows XP and Office XP, and see how you like it - (pwhysall) - (5)
                         Don't have to, I'll just boot up my old Thinkpad T510. - (CRConrad) - (4)
                             Hang on… - (pwhysall) - (2)
                                 And if it is ... - (drook)
                                 Of course. Aren't they all? - (CRConrad)
                             Fortunately, ArcaOS . . . - (Andrew Grygus)
         I dodged the bullet - (crazy)

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