Good Evening All,
Just back from honeymoon (been in Maui for 2 weeks) and managed to control the spending to a point where we are finally considering getting a new computer. Having spent the past hour or so wrestling with my old Acer laptop (Aspire6920G) just to view a few photos we took, I think its definitely time to take the plunge.
I note that Dell have a sale on at the moment and I have a 10% off code too, so I plan to use that. I don't know if its one that will only work for my account or not - but will check this out and post the code for others if it would be appreciated.
The computer will be used for work (using the internet and MS office), fairly basic image/video editing/manipulation/management using Paint Shop Pro (predominately Photox2) and for some games too.
I've managed to get the Dell XPS 8100 standard spec (i7 processor 2.93 ghz with 6 gb RAM (1333mHz DDR3) and a 1GB NVidia GeForce GTS 240 at what I think is a reasonable price of £656 inclusive, delivered.
I have a number of queries though and wondered whether someone might offer some advise.
1) RAM wise, I think 6GB is probably adequate for now, and I know its very easy to upgrade, but is it worth spending an extra £36 to go for 8GB from the start?
2) Grfx cards - there are 3 spec'd options. All are 1GB but then the waters get a little more muddy. I've only really researched one of the cards but to be honest, its all a little over my head.
The three options are the:
NVidia Geforce (1GB Version) GTS 240 (included in the quoted price)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 - extra £70
NVidia Geforce GTX 460 - extra £160 (seems steep?)
You can take 10% off those actually, so increase of £63 and £144 respectively.