Buying a new PC desktop - advice please

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a new desktop PC and monitor. I will use it primarily for recording and editing audio podcasts using Skpe and a Pamela recorded and perhaps some video podcasts. I need a computer that has a lot of memory and runs well using programs such as audio editors (Sony Vegas, etc.), Photoshop, Skype, iTunes, etc. I will often have numerous browsers and programs running at the same time. My budget is $1,000-$1,500. I would go less expensive if that is an option. I really don't know much at all about operating systems and processors. I don't need software, I have all I need, but I will need an operating system. I really need a powerful computer which handles audio recording very well. Can anyone suggest what I need?

I can walk into a Best Buy and purchase something or order it online.

Lastly, I would rather buy something too powerful then a computer that cannot handle what I need.

Can anyone suggest a good article to read on buying a new PC?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Hi, we're gonna need a bit more information than that. Do you plan on gaming with this PC? Do you need a monitor?

    In order to make things easy, copy and paste the following template into your post and edit the examples to suit your needs:

    Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

    Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes / No
    Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing)

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

    Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

    Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

    Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

    Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.
  2. You do use some pretty intense programs so I would go with a computer building boutique for the best deal on the most powerful system. is a pretty good prebuilt PC builder plus they have free shipping. for your budget i think here: would be a good place to start.
  3. well you fill out the form i will comeback..
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