Approximate Purchase Date: probably this week, end of September at the latest
Budget Range: $800 including Windows but not including monitor/keyboard/mouse/other peripherals
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Motion graphics, digital painting, some gaming/web surfing/Netflix/music but no WoW/Crysis type games.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any-- using pcpartpicker, would like to order just from Newegg if there aren't significant price differences but it looks like that's not the case
Location: NYC area, no car so can't easily get to NJ
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (x2)
Software I use is (in this order):
Adobe After Effects
Cinema4D (3D modeling/motion graphics software)
I do need this computer to be able to hook up to 2 monitors, at least one of which is a VGA connection. This is something controlled by the video card, right? Is this video card able to do that or can you suggest a different one that would be better?
I am on kind of a tight budget right now but things should be better in April. My laptop is on its way out so I need to replace it ASAP and would like to replace it with a machine with a bit more power and one that can be upgraded. Eventually I would like to have at least 16 GB of RAM but that's not in the budget right now.
I have a build in mind using both an SSD and a HD, I am open to losing one of those, since that's something I can add later. I do have a 1TB external HD I can use for file storage for now.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop is dying and I need something that doesn't have so much lag while working on large documents in photoshop and that doesn't render quite so slowly in After Effects.