Actually waaay under a thousand would be better
First off, thanks for putting up with me guys. I know this is the 3rd thread Ive started in this section in the past couple weeks with very different wants. Im getting closer to what I want and am looking for some advice again.
What I want: compact and quiet machine to edit photos on LR4, PS Elements, and whatever other programs I might consider in the near future, occasional gaming, and surfing. Compact not so necessary but an option Id appreciate for sure.
I've gone from wanting a PC all-in-one to iMac, to separate PC tower/monitor. I have a u3011 on the way from Dell (got it on sale Cyber Monday $999) so I am absolutely sure I need a tower (see? Im getting closer to what I want haha)
Its been around 8 or so years but I built the PC that im replacing, and its been great for a long time, only needing a power supply replaced in that time, and also upgraded memory a few years back. So Im not completely against building my own, but its been so long, I would need to do a ton of research before feeling comfortable purchasing all the components and Im pretty much ready to buy now, and not really wanting to take the time researching and shopping.
So Ive been looking at the x51 Alienware models and like what I see. Also like the XPS 8500 models. But price is a bit high. Ive taken notice of the iBuyPower towers and quite like their specs and the reviews I read about them. I like the looks/size of the HP Slimline but wish they had better specs available. Im open to suggestions of other pre-built machines.
Question: Since the Alienware x51 are compact, does that make them less upgradeable in the future? Does the small size contribute to more heat or any other problems?
i5 or i7
at least 8gb but 16 would be better
1tb 7200 (if fits in the budget, Id like a SSD for OS and some programs)
Dedicated graphics card 1 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce, but can easily be persuaded in another direction here
blue ray player
Windows 7 64
Thanks for taking the time to read. If you have any suggestions please feel free to direct or persuade me.