I am a recent grad doing low level design and drafting work with SolidWorks. I want to buy a PC Desktop for home that I can (1.) stream movies, (2.) do low to mid level SolidWorks modeling, (3.) surf the web with a few windows open while watching movies without lag, and (4.) eventually play Call of Duty on after I talk my wife into it ! On a side note...I am looking to eventually buy the Cintiq 21ux and install Autodesk Sketchbook Pro...I definately want to make sure there will be NO lag with all the layers and sketches for that setup.
I know that I wont have the best RealView capabilities for SolidWorks with a gaming card, but from reading other posts...it sounds like for what I will be doing, that the gaming cards I have in mind will suffice. One odd question I had is this...Can I have two completly different graphics card installed on the same machine and use them both for different purposes?, either by manually or automatically switching over between programs? Is there such a setup config?
I have looked at several desktop options, and would like the expert advice from the community. Here are my options so far...Keeping in mind that I'm not crazy about building one myself...(not enough knowledge, warranties, and I'm not worried about only saving 1-3 hundred bucks.)
In Conclusion: I am worried about the Alienware for possible expansion and Pwr Sply issues that I might come accros. Neutral on the HP, and feeling pretty good on the Dell XPS 8300 from what I have read. And the last one, was a noobie's attempt to build my own...I think ?
I am still worried about building myself and the self maintenance that might bring in the future, versus dropping it off at best buy for warranty repair. But I am definately not ruling that option out, provided I see a noticeable price difference and I am assured it will be somewhat easy to install stuff myself.
I look forward to hearing from everybody. Sorry it took so long, just wanted to make sure I covered everything.
Well this is a computer building forum, I would recommend building it yourself because:
1. You save money by not getting overcharged by aleinware or whoever.\
2. You can customize completly and dont have to choose somthing closest to what you want.
3. Its much easier to upgrade a system you built yourself if you buy good parts now.
4. Its a cool project, you learn somthing, and have somthing to show off.
Keeping in mind that I'm not crazy about building one myself...(not enough knowledge, warranties, and I'm not worried about only saving 1-3 hundred bucks.)
1) Building isn't as difficult as people think it is. Nowadays as long as you buy the right parts (which is why we're here) and install them correctly (plenty of guides around here on the Forums), you'll be fine.
2) Warranties are quite easy. Just file an RMA with the manufacturer and send it off. You don't get support from a company like Dell, but it's easier to send off a defective component than the whole system.
3) Saving $$$ isn't the only benefit - you also get better quality parts for the $. You'd be surprised the shortcuts companies will take to save a few cents per motherboard.
You could easily trim this buy shopping around for parts.
I am still worried about building myself and the self maintenance that might bring in the future, versus dropping it off at best buy for warranty repair.
Depends where you buy it - you may still have to send it off to the manufacturer.
Plus, generally only one or two components fail at a time in a self-built desktop. If you're in a pinch you can just replace those parts and keep them as spares once the new ones come back. With a prebuilt, you'll be completely without a computer.
every body is right build ur own system
here is what u need
intel i7 2600
asus h67 mobo
4x4 gb corsair vengence 1600mhz ram
asus 560ti dc ii
crutial m4 120gb ssd
wd carvier black 500gb/1tb
cooler master haf 912 or 932 or even corsair 600t white edition
corsair hx 650w
asus dvd writer
monitor of ur preference asus, dell viewsonic etc make good monitor
yes i would not suggest in the above reply about i7 and 560ti but it seemed like op was after these 2 thing and i would personally suggest a 7950 especially a xfx black edition with those to huge fans and for gaming i5 is more than enough