I’m sorry for creating a new thread, but I need some advice. My current desktop (2008) and laptop (2009) have decided to crap out simultaneously, leaving me in the happy position of needing a new machine. My days of building a PC are long gone, even though I know most gamers suggest it and I’ve done it before. Gone too, are the days of my spending 4-8 thousand on a top of the line custom built rig. The one that failed was a sweet HP Blackbird and it lasted a long time with only one video card upgrade.
I’m looking for something that will last a few years, and I guess anything from $1700-2500 or so would do based on my current budget. Anything in the sub-one-thousand range looks pretty weak, but I’m open to suggestions if it means replacing it in a year and a half. I have no problem with disposable technology as long as the long-term costs are the same.
I’ve tried to convince myself to go mass market and look at a Dell, but they offer very little customization, and their more adjustable gaming rigs are for the most part Alienware, which I’ve had long ago. In addition, getting a decent machine puts the prices above $3000. I’ve also gone to NewEgg where I have an account, but the selection there seems to be mostly companies that I used to question (iBuyPower, Cyberpower, ASUS, etc.) the quality of. They have some machines that look okay, but I’m not sure of their reputation lately. Have you guys heard anything recent about these companies and what they offer?
Lastly, I remembered being interested in Puget Systems. Looking at the highly custom-built machines there, I may be able to build a decent machine for within my price range that has what I think are mid-range parts. With the amount of options available, I have no idea what technology is on the way out, what’s current, and what’s relatively future-proof for a few years. I’m swimming in a sea of choices and I’m lost.
I guess this comes down to me asking the group what kind of specs would be good for something that will last 2 years, requiring only maybe a video card upgrade to extend it out a bit? Does this seem decent?
Asus Rampage IV Gene (i7 Sandy Bridge-E)
Core i7 4930K
16GB DDR3 Low Voltage memory
NVIDIA GTX 760
128 GB SSD
500GB 7200RPM HDD
Standard 24x DVD-RW
Basic Black Mid-Tower (oooh with a window)
650W Power Supply
A CPU only Liquid cooling solution (Corsair Hydro H60)
That’s the main stuff, runs right around $2500 when thrown together on Puget’s site. I haven’t seen much comparable on the other sites I’ve mentioned. I’d have to get a new monitor that’ll add a bunch more, but my current one died also with everything else. Could I go with cheaper parts, or should I spend a bit more for a longer life later? Should I wait a few months, is something happening that will change the landscape soon?
Here’s a cheap BestBuy HP Envy that I saw, but I’m concerned with the off-the-shelf aspect:
Any help is appreciated in advance! If you know of any good buys, point me to them.