So...I have a 5-year-old Dell Dimension running Windows XP. It sucks. I liked it for the first two years, but then it just became a massive problem. Looong story short, I need a new machine! My natural inclination was to go with a Mac, specifically, an iMac. But I was then told that I could have a BETTER computer for hundreds of dollars less, if I were to build or customize my own PC. Basically, I was lectured for "paying extra for the name". I have zero skill and knowledge about buying parts and actually building the thing (I mean really zero), so I figured there must be some option to customize a PC to order. Is there such a place? Here are a few criteria:
BUDGET: $700 - $900. If I'm going to spend $1,000, I feel like I should just go ahead and spring for the user-friendly, easy, lovely Mac. If I can save a few beans, I'm happy to have an excellent PC.
USAGE: Music (tons of it, ie: over 15,000 songs), CD burning (in a band, gotta burns lots of demos), video performance (not saving many video files, but DVD and streaming playback), pictures, internet browsing, and writing software (word processing, Celtx, etc...not "writing" software, but running programs for writing words). That's it! I'm easy to please! Nothing crazy. Perhaps something with light gaming capabilities. I've been wanting to give The Old Republic a try.
LONGEVITY: I don't want to go through the [bleep] I went with Dell after two years. I want this thing to be a BAMF long after purchase.
SPEED: Instant gratification, baby.
That's basically it! Any suggestions for where to look for a great build, and which components to get will be hugely appreciated. I really trust you guys, as your Malware people have saved my current computer from death many times. Thanks again, and I can't wait to start looking!