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PC Laptop Advice for a Digital Photog/Graphic Designer
I'd really love a little advice regarding a new lap top. I'm relatively tech savvy when I have a device, however, choosing something like a laptop always feels so. freaking. difficult.
My elder Dell laptop's video chip is failing. With integration into the motherboard there is an option to replace the entire MB, but I really just want to be rid of this POS. It has barely worked since I originally got it, having come out after Dell went quality ass-up. The cost of a new board seems as though it'd be better served going toward a new, better machine.
I was hoping for some opinions on where to get a decent system. I'm not capable of building one myself. I simply don't have the skill set, so it would need to be some place I can select and have built or they come prebuilt. Anything from, "Maybe if you looked for this," to, "Go here, they're awesome," or hell, I'd even take, "Here's my website. I DO this shit on the daily!" would be helful. Also, any thoughts on the SSD vs HDD would be awesome. Peer reviews especially loved.
I would like a processor with some power
A 17 inch, colour true display (I can't do Mac though, to much of what I have is PC only)
I'll want to maximize my RAM to better handle multitasking between Adobe applications
I know I want a lot of hard drive space (duh.)
A better graphics card to handle video editing (I don't do it often, but I hope to get into it. It would be nice to purchase beyond my goals. Also, I do stream video onto it/watch DVDs sometimes.)
I'm waffling on the hard drive. Do I want an SSD? Do I even NEED one with the price tags they carry? I'm a frequently mobile user, but my laptop is usually powered down when I'm moving. Would I be better served with a higher speed HDD, or a variable speed even to save on power consumption when I'm unplugged and using less power needful aspects of the laptop?
Most importantly, price-tag. Or not, really.. I mean, it IS important, but I'm a graphic designer by profession. This little guy will be deductible at least in part.
I'm of the opinion that I may have researched so much that I've bogged myself down in the details of it.
It comes down to a need for decent speed to handle multiple high powered programs working at the same time. A sharp, true coloured, largish display. The ability to run/edit video. Still be able to get me my email...
And my paper and coffee.
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