Comprehensive advice needed 4 new comp.
I'm in the market for a new computer.
It'll be running AutoCAD (an architecture program with which to draw complicated renderings) and hopefully a few games.
So it needs to be powerful. From what I've learned through research, I can get a pretty good desktop - I don't want a notebook - for the $1500 I am willing to spend. I'm looking at a variety of different suppliers - Best Buy, Alienware, Cyber Power, Dell, Staples - for the best offer.
I've concluded the following: 3.0 dual core Intel processor, 1GB RAM, 80GB to 100GB Hard Drive, 256MB video card, at least a 15" monitor, and I want XP Pro 64X.
Honestly, I want that 64 edition just because it's the latest - and greatest? The rest of it is pretty much set in stone.
Now the question is: who is the best to go to and who makes the best parts?
I went to Best Buy today and they had an HP that met most of the requirements except the OS, it was a media center, for $1300 before $300 in rebates.
I really want to get my money's worth, so any help would be greatly appreciated...