Laptop or Desktop?
My budget for the new computer is:
I'm outside the US, equivalent to approx 1,100 US dollars/700 British pounds if possible.
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Email, web browsing, video and audio in various formats including DVD, live radio and video streaming from various sites, word, skype, pictures.
What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Firefox, IE, VLC media player, skype, MS word, outlook, scanner, printer drivers, connect with MP3 player/cellphone/laptop for picture and file transfer.
Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?
Normally several running at once.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Yes, also podcasts and video.
Will you be overclocking?
From what I understand of the term no. Not by deliberately changing bios or any other operating system settings
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
How many monitors are you planning to use?
Do you need peripherals? OS?
Microphone, webcam, external harddrive, printer attached, USB ports used a lot connecting to laptop, MP3 player, cellphone.
Currently Vista. High power mac is too expensive, looking at Win8.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?
Currently have Acer Aspire,
AMD athlon dual core processor 2.5 Gig,
RAM 4 Gig DDRII,
nVidia GeForce 256 MB graphics I'm not sure of the resolution, monitor itself "upto" 1680X1050
This PC is several years old, now has a very loud fan and often overheats, also needs power connected for a long time before it will boot, and it no longer runs to more than half its capacity as afr as I can tell. Also seems to be slowly becoming outdated with regards to new standards and software.
Ideally I'd like a faster processor and more RAM however I am not sure what brands/systems are the best and if I understand correctly processor speed is not the only criteria to consider? Ideally email, browser, skype should be able to run in the background whilst audio or video are being streamed or played. I don't know anything about grahpics, but if possible, better than current. Ditto soundcard, the computer also serves as a radio through streaming to both line out and headphones on a regular basis.
Thankyou in advance to anyone who can suggest brands, models or system characteristics to look out for in a system which does all these things without crashing or other problems despite my lack of any technical knowledge.