I've written again an again about needed to upgrade my system to handle HD video editing and gaming. I researched hard and ran the gambit with all manufactures. My issues were simple, I wanted a 1 (or 2 gig video card) Intel I7 Process and lots of other things to make a complete kick butt machine that wouldn't break me.
I thought I'd give Dell another try, I know they went to crap, but I heard they had gotten better with the new CEO. I wasted an hour and a half one day trying to simply upgrade the power supply to handle the video card and the lame "tech" wasted my time not helping, I'll never buy another Dell, they can't even get an order right (we text chatted all that time - seems text chatting is the option 1) because they can handle many calls at one and 2) likely their English would give them away as being on some foreign soil, yet appear more local cause text has no dialect) I don't doubt for a second, I was texting to India or Pakistan or somewhere other than the states.
Any way, they sucked and I kept searching, all the while keeping a close eye on the following Gateway - rated very high by PCMag, CNET and customers.
here is the link from Tigerdirect - who I did not buy it from, but it is the BEST constructed page I have ever seen on a product. My final price was $1423.96 including next day deliver free through Amazon.
Here is the beast (I named it already) and it came today, but I was at work and it needed signing for, so now I need to drive the 8 miles to the UPS shipping Center and pick it up - not a big deal, because there is a Best Buys and PC Richards on the way :) gonna buy one kick-butt game and a wireless gaming controller to go with it!
I ran THIS configuration on all the sites where you could customise the PC and every time it would cost $500 more for the same features. It was a no brainer to me to get this one after all the comparisons.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6419267&csid=ITD&body=MAIN#detailspecs
Look at all the details and the great photos Tigerdirect has - all sites dhould be so detailed with their products
I'll be hooking it up tonight of course, and give you first impressions tomorrow. The best thing, I have about 150 hours of HD video that I can now edit and get back into the Youtube Business. Including daily (or so) shows, somethng I've avoided because I hate RAW footage, there is no talent in that (I want to be a video editor and no computer can deal with my HD camera stuff.) not to forget, now I can stream in HD on BlogTV, something I'm really excited to do too.
So, for you techies, tell me, what do you think - not a bad step up from a 1.66ghz notebook HDMI'ed to my TV. The streaming TV Shows and HD Youtube stuff is about to come alive on my screen. Many people are going 1080p on Youtube, currently I can only steam about 5 frames a second there - that is seriously about to change.
is the computer, but I got it cheaper through Amazon.