Ok, my home computer finally pushed up the daisies last month, and instead of investing more money to bring it back to life and up-to-date, I've decided to treat myself to a brand-spanking-new out-of-the-box system in January. I've been checking out the systems at Costco and they are really nice and affordable! I refuse to build one, as I'm tired of constantly swapping out parts in this last one over the last 3-4 years. I just want something that will last me a few good years and will perform as I need it, and I can just plug it all in and go.
So, my biggest concern is the processor. Costco has "media center" systems with either the Pentium 4 or the Athlon 64 3500+. Which is better?
Here are my main computer uses:
Basically, I need good performance with the best resolution possible. (And sorry, I don't compute with fruit/MACs. )
- High-graphics games like RCT3, etc.
- Video compression, editing, and effects (Premiere & AfterEffects)
- Graphics and photo editing (Photoshop, CorelDraw)
- Database Design (Access)
- VB and SQL Programming (Visual Studio.Net)
Also, do any of you have experience with HP Pavilions? That is the model I'm leaning towards, as it has a removable media drive and various video inputs, etc. It also comes with a 250G SATA harddrive, 1G expandable RAM, and other fun high-tech bling-bling, like a "LightScribe" CD/DVD burner that "silkscreens" the label as it writes.
Any suggestions would be most appreciated!