I've been using an old Dell Dimension 3000 (XP) for 5 years now and all I did was put 2 gigs of ram in it 5 years ago, since then I've been mainly editing music videos with Vegas Pro and Multi Track Recording with Reaper. It's not compatible for modern gaming unfortunately, and I've run this thing into the ground doing what I do on it, it's just running hard / almost screaming all of the time.
I was given a Dell XPS 420 that I understand has some upgrades a good IT Guy did, but I'm unsure what was done exactly. I'm waiting for the correct monitor cable to be shipped so I can find out exactly whats going on inside of the thing, obviously, I know nothing about hardware.
I would like to know how to run a system check to see whats inside so I can compare it to whatever else is out there and how to go about actually comparing whats inside with other systems (the pannel says it runs Vista).
I think it's time to break down and make sure I have something thats truly a good system for 2014 where Recording Multipule Tracks, Mixing, Video Editing and Modern Gaming is a breeze and super smooth. And if this desktop cant do that, I'm willing to seek another.
So I'd also like to know where the best deals are to be had on already assembled desktops that can do these things with ease but are still affordable (and to be able to price compare). As a base point, I see that Dell has a modern desktop for $499.00 (4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, Windows 8.1, 12GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive) .
I'm on a budget so I would like to shy away from absolute top of the line, maybe if I were compare a computer to a car, I'm much more inclined to go with last years model.
Edited by Stephanie_Says, 04 October 2014 - 11:14 PM.