I'm looking to spend between $800-$1,200 on a new CPU (excl. screen).
I'm currently running an Acer desktop, with Q8300 processor, but keeps getting blue screen (fatal error) every other day.
Anyway its 3 yrs old now, its about time to replace it.
I'm a complete novice when it comes to PC, which is why I bought an off the rack Acer for its ease, and I found it
rather cheap even when compared to those at Fuwell.
Firstly, in this age and time, should I buy a brand name CPU ? It seems pricing is not too far off, even with similar specs to
those at SLS.
If you still feel I should do a DIY setup, could you recommend me the key specs I should be looking at for the budget above ?
My usage - 50% web, 40% Adobe PS, 10% Sony Vegas (HD video edits). No gaming.
If it matters, I work with Raw images & Video files on for a Canon 60D.
Frankly I find my current Acer adequate for web and photo editing, laggy for Video, but still bearable since
I dont do it so often. If it is still reliable, I'll be happy to use it for the next 2-3 years.
I was also actually thinking of buying an iMac. But rather afraid to jump to Mac, no experience. And I dont
have the software for Mac.
Thanks for your help!