(Original post by So Instinct)
Look, for what you stated your going to use it for, I wouldn't bother with an expensive laptop. With your budget you can build a really good Desktop PC and get a decent laptop for when your on the go.
Personally my PC at home is what I invested and made powerful, I then keep an OK laptop for when I need to do work on the go. Stick to standards on the laptop i3/i5 processor, Intel HD graphics in the motherboard 4-6gb RAM etc.
This is a good one and just to show you how bad PC world is I will find one of the same brand and PC spec (or the exact one);
- PC World - HP Pavilion
- Ebay - Hp Pavilion
Nearly £200 difference and they're nearly exactly the same.
In reference to windows 8, Don't get it straight away. The people who buy it first are the people who buy the unfinished version. It will have a ton of undiscovered bugs etc that will get patched stick to windows 7 then get windows 8 when it's patched up and cheaper.
A decent desktop PC would probably be around:
You have 2 options i5 2500k or i7 2500k. i5 2500k is not as quick, but that doesn't means it's slow, it's super quick and it's up there with some of the fastest in the world at the moment and it's amazing value. i7 2600k is a bit better but i5 2500k does the job perfect, especially with the overclocking potential.
- i7 2600k - Link
- i5 2500k -Link
Like I said, they don't make a noticeable difference, just make sure it's a Z68 board, they're superior currently with the new Virtu technology (uses the graphics card to help the processor work faster). Also Make sure it's a 1155 socket board so your Processor fits.
- AsRock Z68 Pro3 - Link
Not huge difference between brands, just get 8-16GB of 1600Mhz. I prefer Ripjaw X;
- Ripjaws X - Link
The idea here is you want to put the operating system and any editing software on the SSD so that you maximize the speed the software runs at. Other files and software should then be saved on a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD. What this does is it makes the computer software run at the speed of an SSD without needing to waste money on a huge SSD. Don't buy a cheap SSD they very unreliable and often lie about their speeds and overcharge you. The best SSD in the market in my opinion is the Crucial M4 128GB or the OCZ 120GB, the OCZ is cheaper so I'll link that. Get another HDD if you use up the 2TB later on, 2TB will last longer than you think.
- OCZ Agility 3 - Link
- Western Digital 2TB - Link
Not much to say, they scale with how good you want them to bee. I would recomend a MSI GTX 560ti
- MSI GTX 560ti - Link
No questions asked get a Cooler Master Haf 912, at that price it blows everything out of the water. It's really good for cooling which is the most important thing. You need good airflow or your system will be choked and will fry. It has the best stock fans, best design and it's a solid built case with thick metal so it's not and keeps most sound in. With the motherboard I linked you can control the fans to adjust the noise too. Don't be afraid to get 2nd hand cases, it's a good way to save money and if they have decent condition they will work just as good as a new one. You can save like £20-£30 just doing that.
- Haf 912 - Link
Not much to say, you want reliability and enough power, 600W will do the job.
- Corsair CX600 - Link