Hello everyone! Firstly, thanks very much to all those who've replied to my earlier posts re. possible configurations for my new PC, your time has been appreciated! But I'm still confused, umming and ahhing about just what I should spend my hard earned on... So I thought I'd throw it out to the forum and see what you all recommend, ie.
For the past 3 years I've been getting by with my trusty Pentium M powered Fujitsu laptop; it's most taxing task is image editing in Photoshop Elements & Lightroom (large RAW files up to 14MB and layered TIFF's etc up to 100MB+ each...), plus I play the occasional non-demanding game (mainly C&C and Warcraft)... It certainly can't play the newer games like Crysis, World in Conflict etc, so that's why it's time to upgrade (plus I want much better performance in my imaging programs as well, I'm looking to upgrade to Adobe CS3 which is a much more system intensive program, I think)
My budget is anything up to £1000 or thereabouts, so it's quite broad... This excludes a monitor, as I'm budgeting an extra £500-£600 for a quality 24" display (suggestions on this would be useful as well!)
What I can't figure out is where I'll get my best 'bang-for-my-buck'... Will a £1000 PC be 100% better than a £500 PC (ie does double the money = double or more the performance)??? The more I save on the PC, the more I can spend on a monitor if need be, so the value equation is important!
I'm also confused as whether I should take a hands-on approach and build this PC myself (I've never done it before, but I'm technically minded and can follow instructions, so I don't figure it'll be out of my league, right?) Am I under (or over) estimating the difficulty?
Do you save money building your own? Or is it just that you can choose every individual component yourself, along with the satisfaction of knowing the in's and out's of your PC? What about warranty and that sort of thing? Am I on my own if things go wrong? How likely is it that things WILL go wrong? I've never had to use the warranty on my laptop, or any other PC that I've had in the past; is this just lucky?
So... what would you do in my place? Would you build your own or buy pre-built? What system configuration would you go for? Who would you buy from if going pre-built? Have fun helping me spend my money wisely!
Thanks guys, really appreciate your advice!