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    What would you recommend? I have about £800 to spend if needed but would prefer to spend a lot less so I have some left over for new clothes. I'm undecided on whether I want a laptop or a desktop. I have a *****y 3 year old laptop at the minute but it sits on my desk full time. Which is better do you think, laptop or desktop? I also don't mind building a desktop computer if I could maybe get more for my money.

    I want to use my computer for recording/mixing/producing, playing football manager, storing/playing masses of music, and surfing tinterwebs. What specs do I need?

    cheeeeeers, and merry christmas
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    Build your own desktop
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    I second that!
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    What sort of things would I need to buy to do that though? I am a complete novice. What sort of specs should I be looking at and how much should I spend?
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    When I built my computer I wanted the best I could possibly get, so I hit up some of the computer forums and asked their advice.
    Once I had a list of the parts I needed I went shopping online and sourced the best prices. I could find.
    Ended up with an amazing computer for just over £1000 delivered to my house in lot's of little boxes :cool:
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    How serious is your "recording/mixing/producing"? Just, that's gonna be the most resource intensive task - and, TBH, it's not that recourse intensive compared to a lot of things, like, say multi-cam HD video editing or something. Football manager, music storage/playing and internet is nothing.

    You'll probably be better served getting not so fast a computer but some better audio gear if it's a serious thing. Say - a good pair of Open headphones, in ear monitors, 2 decent field monitors, a decent sub and a decent amp. What audio gear do you have already?


    8 core CPUs and 32GB of RAM is all nice and dandy, but if the most intensive program you're gonna be running is adobe audition and you're playing it out through a pair of iPod earphones - there's a balance issue somewhere.
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    If you don't use your current PC as a portable one there is no point going for a laptop over a desktop. For about £400 you could get a fairly decent duel core 2.8GHz intel CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive PC. I'd suggest looking here, and then using google product search to find the components cheaper to do it yourself.
 
 
 
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