outland88 - 8:30 pm on Sep 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
The old saying with computers is go out and pick everything you really want and then settle with what you can afford. Take a look at what the number one US consumer recommendation magazine suggests. It might shock you how easily they fit the bill for you. Plus if you know what you’re doing you can get a top quality monitor(s) to boot. Unless a project is meant to make money from the get-go for upgrades I’d pursue this route. I don't buy anywhere near cheap but neither am I married to the top specs and hardware anymore. I really concentrate on the video cards and display output now.