Looking through this forum, I can see that people are both helpful & knowledgeable; so I’m hoping that you can help me. I am way behind all of you both in expertise and computing needs, so please forgive me if I sound a bit stupid. I last shopped for a computer several years ago and am finding that I have to work to even understand the specs now. But my current desktop is seriously unwell, so I am shopping for a replacement. I’ve used PCs for years and don’t think it makes sense for me to switch to Apple at this point. My notebook runs on Windows 7 which, in general, I like. I have a new monitor. I’d like to spend aaround $1000 but can go higher.
The Adobe programs I’m using are CS2 (mainly for InDesign as I am a book artist) and Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 . I probably will upgrade eventually, but I’m not in a hurry to do so. Also, I use Lightroom the most, so will probably upgrade that sooner than CS. I do a lot of still photo editing but am not particularly into video editing. My scanner is an Epson 4490 – not new but still working well. I want to be able to print photos without having the printer spooler paralyze my computer. (Sometimes I use Quimage to print and it grabs quite a lot of memory to do so which makes my current desktop miserable.) My word processing favorite is WordPerfect; my web browser is Firefox; and I use Quicken for financial stuff. I am a "fontaholic" and tend to have a lot of fonts installed. I’d like to keep many of my photos (which I shoot at high resolution) on my desktop hard drive, even though I do have several portable hard drives. I want to be able to play CDs or iTunes while I’m working.
I’d been leaning toward one of the HP customizable models, but reading this forum think I can probably do better, even though HP has free shipping and a promotion giving free upgrades right now. The customer reviews have been excellent on the models I’m considering. These are: the Pavilion p6680t, <http://www.shopping.hp.com/series/category/desktops/p6680t_series/3/computer_store?jumpid= in_r329_personalization/browse2/home_SDP>
The Pavilion Elite HPE 400z – <http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store &category=desktops&a1=See+all&v1=series&a2=Top+rated&v2=4.1-5.0&series_name=HPE400z_series &jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/desktops/All_desktop_series/HPE400z_series> And the Pavilion Elite HPE 410t – <http://www.shopping.hp.com/series/category/desktops/HPE410t_series/3/computer_store?jumpid =in_r329_personalization/browse3/SDP_SDP>
I did look at ADK as someone suggested in this forum, but they seem to be marketing mainly to people who want to do video editing. I’m also checking out BOXX per another suggestion in the forum.
Having heard more than you probably want to about my needs (sorry) could you give me advice on the following: What CPU should I get? What graphics card? How much RAM – and what type of RAM – do I need to keep using the computer for some time (like several years hopefully)? Any other advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks very much.