I am currently using an L501x as a desktop, and have been using it in this way for about 4.5 years. In terms of everyday performance my biggest issue is only 8GB of ram though I find the I5 (M460) sufficient as well as the Nvidia GT 420M. (I rarely game) The last desktop I built was for about $1,000 dollars with a Core 2 Duo (E6550 Conroe) processor back in 2008, and the last computer I built was as a NAS (Atom) back in 2014. I've been out of the component loop for awhile now! I've considered going with an Ryzen 2400G due to price and integrated graphics to tie me over until I am ready to drop the money on a worthy graphics card. My last desktop, by the time I stopped actively using it I believe had about five (5) hard drives in it. The goal in the future is to either buy a QNAP, Synology or build a robust NAS.
L501x used as a desktop with multi external hard drive enclosures connected with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Desktop with plenty of processing power, some gaming performance, 16GB ram (min), Blu-ray burner (Writer?), 1TB SSD/m2 (Boot/First Partition), Hard Drive (min 4TB), Motherboard with at least 6 SATA ports. I may add an expansion card for additional SATA ports or USB ports in the future.
Watching anime, archiving linux isos, netflix, some light to moderate gaming, copying over 2,000 cd/dvds that have data on them from years past. (This is a pain to move from apartment to apartment)
four to five years, want to focus on a solid case (light weight may be preferred), power supply, CPU, motherboard, and ram.
Graphics is intended to be upgraded, as well as any additional RAM over 16GB.
Concerns: a Power supply that plays nice with PWDIS.
Location: Florida, USA
Use (gaming, rendering, etc): Anime, Light to Moderate Gaming, Netflix
Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): None at this time
Operating System required: Required, outside of this budget. I may just use an existing Windows 7 key.