While my current computer is trying to be rescued in the Spyware Removal forum, I thought I'd bring this here for advice!
Right now I'm running a Dell XPS One 20". It has a 250GB harddrive, 2GB RAM, and an Intel 2 Quad (if I'm remembering correctly) processor, and a low-end integrated video card. While I love the computer for it's easy use and very space-saving design, the fact that I can't upgrade it is driving me nuts.
I do a lot of gaming, high-dpi digital work (huge files in Flash/CS4/etc), and tons of other things, so I need a more powerful computer that can stand up to it. I've been looking at the Dell Studio XPS 9000, but I keep reading that that computer can be built/upgraded for much cheaper than its price.
One question I have first:
Some places say to buy a case with a motherboard and fans built in, others say pick your own. Which option is best?
Here are a few specifics that I want:
9 or 12 GB of RAM
750 (or bigger) GB Harddrive
Windows 7 (not sure between 32 or 64 bit)
High-end video card
Nice sound and wireless cards
I'm guessing that a lot of people favor Newegg for parts? Any build suggestions/tips/help would be terriffic! (Or, suggestions to just buy the 9000)
The 9000 that I customized costs at least 2,300. I'm not sure what my budget is, but just figure on the entire rig costing anywhere under that.
Edited by dptr, 13 October 2009 - 07:54 AM.