I am a first-time poster and first-time builder, so please excuse me if I make any forum mistakes and/or ask ridiculous questions; I am very new to the computer building world.
Background: I have an Asus X83v laptop that just isn't cutting it anymore for performance. This, along with other problems (i.e. me trashing the battery) have lead me to be desirous of a computer that will have as much power as money will allow and will be capable of lasting a long time. Along with this, my budget is around 1300$.
I have found many potential solutions to this problem and have stumbled upon 3 viable solutions.
The First: ASUS N76VZ-DS71 http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=129...
With the following options selected different:
System Memory changed to 16GB
Secondary HD changed to NONE (I might add the HD from my Asus [288GB] to it)
Optical Drive Changed to Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive (I don't need a Blu-Ray Player)
This option would be useful due to the simple fact that I will be living on a college campus and portability is desirable. This, however should not be a limiting factor by the fact that if I go with a desktop I have have a small laptop to use for classes and assignments and documents. I also enjoy the Asus brand quite a bit.
Third Option: An Asus Sabertooth Barebones Kit http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
To This I would have to add a Video Card, Probably the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Gb Video Card
The benefits of this build is that it comes with a more powerful processor, the i5-3570k, though from the reviews I have read it does not seem much better than the i7-2600 other than power consumption. It also comes with less RAM, but it does come with a bigger SSD drive and a 1 TB Secondary Hard Drive. I could probably also sell the Blu-Ray Player for a few bucks.
Total Cost: Around 1447 with Video Card, 8GB RAM minus the Blu-Ray