i'm considering (but not yet committing to) buying a desktop pc, my laptop is annoying me because it won't run the games i want it to run (nothing crazy, things like left4dead, portal and borderlands) and it takes ages to render things in gimp and i'd quite like to work with hd video without waiting ages after each mouseclick
i'm mainly interested in an i5 processor and some suitable (but not bank balance destroying) dedicated graphics. hdd size doesn't bother me. whatever OS comes with the desktop will be immediately erased and replaced with linux and xp (i just prefer it and it will run the games i want) dualbooted so that is of no interest to me
my questions are as follows:
is it always cheaper to 'build your own' desktop pc?
is this a good deal or could it be easily beaten if i bought the parts and put them together: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/pc/range/iconquer.html
- with no OS (i like novatech because there's one near me so if anything goes wrong i can go and shout at someone)
is it always best to go for a 'gaming' desktop? i always just assumed these were like normal desktops but with better graphics. will it use crazy amounts of electricity as a result of its 'gaming' features?
thanks for reading