Here's the scoop on what I decided; Although this is an older Acer, it ran 7, 8, and 8.1 great with very minor problems. From what I read, 10 should run as well also. Since I can't justify purchasing a new system just yet, but may build one in the near future, I've decided to upgrade this one until then. Please keep in mind that whatever I purchase now I can install in the new build, so I might not mind spending a little extra to "overbuild" this one, depending on my final decision. I can live with the 2GBs of maxxed-out memory and the 3GHtz Intel duo for now. Also, instead of a custom build, I just may go ahead and purchase a Surface pro (3, or 4, or whatever at the time) with docking station instead, of which might make more sense as long as I can multi monitor.
My PSU is going south, so I'll need to purchase a new one right away. Hopefully order today. Will this > CX500 — 80 PLUS > be powerful enough to add this? >
Video card (as CountMike suggested) to run up to 3 monitors maximum? I realize the monitors have their own power supply, but more concerned about the amount of monitor pickups there. The big thing on the card is designated memory, for my video WEI score has always been the lowest with the onboard graphics.
Will the PSU handle a future upgraded mobo with, let's say, an i7 CPU (and the new video card)?
So far as the video card is concerned > I’m not a gamer, but I will be getting into 3D CAD. Will it handle that?
Any suggestions or additional thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.