This is my first post here at Bleeping, but I have been poking around the forums to see other people's builds and found very great advice from the peers here.
Likewise, I would like to build a desktop computer and would like some advice. I do some photo and video editing (with Photoshop Elements and Premiere). I also rent a lot of movies to watch. My current desktop isn't able to watch the ever so popular Blu-Ray format, so I would generally like to build a computer that can let me experience Blu-Ray. I also do some gaming and the recommended specs usually aren't more extreme than:
* Microsoft Windows® XP SP2/ Vista
* Dual Core CPU 2.0GHz or equivalent
* 2GB RAM
* NVIDIA® 6800 with 256MB RAM / ATI® Radeon® x800 with 256MB or higher
* DirectX® 9.0c (6/2008 update)
My budget is around $500 -$600, I know gaming builds can run up to $800, but I am just a seasonal gamer during summer breaks, so I just want to know what options I have for what I can shell out. I will practically be starting from scratch, since not even my monitor is HDCP compliant for the Blu-Ray. I guess the only thing I have that I can transfer over is a wireless PCI card. Lol.
I won't be building anything until next year, so I will take down any suggestions and pray that this weekend of Black Friday or next year would have something comparable.
Thank you. I hope I won't take too much out of your time. Happy Thanksgiving shopping!