Originally Posted by SField
I literally cannot stand computers. Money isn't much of a concern, honestly. I work on my computer and while I don't know any crazy shit I generally do have many many things going on at once (a lot of video files... porn, art films, dailies, usually a teleconference type thing, music, a lot of internet windows and programs like final draft and Reason - that one can take a lot). So, I'm tired of my laptop being too slow. Can I just buy my way to a computer that can do most of these simple things without waiting for shit to load and whatever? I want to use Windows. I don't understand UNIX or whatever it is, and no I will never get a mac. If I were to buy something with a really fast processor and a ton of ram would the damn thing just do what I ask it to do as soon as I click on it? Very recently my friend came to live with me while he was waiting for his place to be finished and he's a well respected fashion photographer. He has a computer that he used for really high flying video and photo editing and I used it for a day doing all the above things and honestly it worked like a dream. It's overkill for what I need, but it really worked. So can you guys help me buy components or point me to a brand that will make some motherfucker of a computer (I don't need gay graphics capabilities)... just something that will let me type/internet/porn/videos/everything in fucking peace? The security guard downstairs has a son at DePaul doing computer engineering or whatever and I've told him I'll hire the kid to come assemble it... but he isn't around (he's volunteering in Sri Lanka or whatever). Please help me. Thank you, much appreciated.
Why bother building? You're not going to have the experience to build something that runs really stably. The Dell Precision workstation desktops for example - in particular the T7500 series - are screamingly fast, quiet for what they are, extremely reliable, well supported, very flexible and can be set up for either without gay graphics capabilities (NVS cards) or with gay graphics capabilities (Quadro cards, or order with lowest graphics option and pop in your own Geforce cards). http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/d...00&s=bsd&cs=04
To get something as powerful, quiet for the power, and as stable a machine you're going to have to invest a fair bit of thought - certainly well past the intermediate builder's scope - into duplicating it on a DIY. If you're after something luggable packing plenty of power the same line has the M6400, which is one of the fastest notebooks I've owned for outright productivity (with RAID0 SSD's), but not as overkill gigantic as some gaming monstrosities. Specify quad-core, gay or even gayer graphics, and leave the drive stock - and buy a couple of 250Gb SSD's to pop in there in RAID0. http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/n...d&cs=04&~ck=mn
EDIT: Jeez, didn't see it had been solved with a budget machine. You'd think being the same company it'd be the same, but no - consumer XPS support is the pits and the build quality isn't that hot either. I spent one hour telling a supervisor that a wobbly keyboard was unacceptable, and he spent the same time telling me it was fine because he owned one and it was like that too.