Hi all, I am new to these forums.
At the moment I only have a laptop which is very faulty. It is not very portable either. Intend to sell it (depending on repairs e.t.c) which I reckon will leave me with about 1300 pounds ($2100) to spend on a computer system. I am in the UK
I intend to get a 14 inch laptop, but have not decided which yet. I am having more difficulty regarding how I should approach buying a desktop.
I am not sure whether I should build a computer totally buying all the motherboards and processors seperately (strongly moving away from this idea), buy the case fully fitted out with a hard drive and processor and buy the screen/keyboard/mouse seperately (strongly moving towards this idea), or buying it all in one bundle. I am still in school (15) and like ICT although obviously i am not very experienced at all in it, and am not sure whether I have the time of want to read how to build a system. I would love to knwo the answers to the following:
I intend to spend around $1200 on a desktop. How much would building it with all the seperate parts save if, $1200 was for a already made system?
I will use it for the following:
a) All things Office.
b) Quite a lot of photoediting in photoshop and digital photography related stuff.
c) Lots of Internet Browsing
d) Moderate Gaming (stuff like Tiger Woods 2005/6 if you've heard of it or maybe fifa and stuff. No Half Life 2 and Call of Duty 2 unless I develop a taste for these as I get older
e) Quite a lot of Music Playing
f) DVD watching
I would normally have quite a lot open at the same time, but Photoshop would probably be my most intensive.
So how much do desktops that would do all the jobs above very well cost? From experience i think I would want the following:
Hard Drive over 160gb
NIce LCD screen (
(19 inch seems good for me in relation to size versus price for what I want). HOwever my laptop resoloution is 1650x1080 (WXSGA+). But all the TFT/LCD screens seem to have awfully low resoloutions. For the 19inch screens I would get 4 inches larger but loose 400,000 pixels? Won't I loose a lot of working space and detail in DVDs?))
NIce Keyboard and Mouse (wireless means they both need new batterys regularly?).
I really don't understand processors all that much I guess I want:
Whatever is needed to play moderately graphics demanding games, be quick in the use of Photoshop and be reliable and not too expensive. I will normally be multitasking quite a lot.
3) Does anyone know any good detailed guides on building desktops?
4) Regarding the following example:
'I want to stop working downstairs and continue to work upstairs with my laptop.' To get the work of quickly and let the 2 communicate is there a better way than to burn to a DVD and transfer over?'
5) My laptop would be 32 bit. By the fact that the desktop I would get would be more than likely 64 bit, what does this mean, and what conflicts may I have?
6) I have been looking at lots of auctions on eBay:
Which would you consider better?
With a deal like this, stuff like sound cards need to be bought seperately, any guides on those?
Also you have to buy the OS (e.g XP Home) seperately don't you? NOne of these have them come with it I'm guessing.
I want a wireless network, for my laptop and computer, I've got a router, I'm guessing you just need a wireless card?
And with regards to this I have heard XP Professional would be better, of for my needs do you think Media Center or home would be bettter.
Any help to everything stated above would be appreciated,
Feel free to answer all or one of the questions
THanks a lot