I need to be able to run design software and found that my newish HP Pavilion dv7's graphics card, Intel® HD Graphics 4000, is not up to the task. I am not a gamer, but I think the specs I require are close enough, if not more than an o.k. gaming machine would require? So my thought is If both requirements are similar I should spend a bit more to meet both as to improve resale value if the need be.
Operating System: Windows 8 (64 bit), Windows 7(64 bit) Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalent System Memory: 8 GB RAM Disk Space: 10 GB free disk space for install Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 or ATI Radeon HD 6950 or better* Optical Drive: DVD-ROM "Purchasing a computer with a solid-state drive will make the entire designing experience more enjoyable."
I have considered these: http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/geforce-gtx-750-ti-mini-itx-pc-build-guide http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/guides/build-an-amazing-geforce-gtx-970-pc-for-under-1000 (I would never spend that money on the case, I prefer function over form and my budget gets tight the closer I get toward 1k
I already have monitor mouse and keyboard.
Thanks in advance for your amazing advice.