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i will probably have multiple programs open at the same time for web design...(photoshop, flash, premiere)
if you cant name brand pc/company can you give me some specs to look for
I run Photoshop, Fireworks, Eclipse, Messenger, Skype and Outlook at once on a three year old 2GB Dell laptop with no issues at a decent speed, at least until Firefox memory leaks start causing issues. ;)
If you're going to run several applications, look into a huge monitor or multiple monitors to be able to go from application to aplication quickly (not necesary, but if you're going all out, why not?). Get a nice monitor if you're going to spend a lot of time in front of the PC, the monitor is our main interfaace between us and the PC.
If you're on a tight budget, then cut back on the processor (can easily save $100) and video card (you won't need a 512MB video card).
Dual-layer DVD+-RW would be nice, too (make sure it is dual layered) for making physical backups. Sure, DL discs are expensive now but I'm sure they'll drop in price plus it will also work with regular DVDs.
I would suggest lots of ram, very quick HD (the new VelociRaptor from WD seem great), and nice monitors. The Adobe suite uses a lot of memory and when that runs out uses your pagefile, so a quick (vs just big) HD will give you a noticable performance increase. After that (unless your just using premier), a good monitor(s) will usually help your throughput more than a blazing cpu, graphics card, etc..
A good NAS or secondary HD can be used to store large media files.
I'd highly recommend a 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo processor--even the slowest of them will more than take care of anything you throw at it, and combined with a 64-bit OS (Linux and Vista are your main choices here--I'd recommend Linux, but then I'm a nerd, so don't listen to just me ;))
Another reason for the 64-bit processor and OS is the theoretical ability to use more than 4GB of RAM (or 3 or so in practice). You'll want to at some point; why not make sure you at least have the ability now?
As others have said--unless you do a lot of video editing or gaming, a video card isn't necessarily high on your list; if it is then I can from personal experience highly recommend the nVidia models. I have a 7800, and it runs pretty much every modern game at maximum detail without a hitch.
As Venti said, a faster hard drive will do wonders for speed, especially if your operating system partitions are located on it. I would recommend getting a larger, slower (external?) hard drive as a secondary for backups.
Some editing applications will utilize the GPU for specific tasks such as 3-D effects and then you have specific video applications that create 3-models that will heavily rely on the graphics card but these applaications are relatively a small niche. That will probably change but overall its not that important for video editing at the moment.
Of course you may want to consider dual monitor support and other outputs. If video is something you're serious about look into dedicated systems like those from Matrox. If you think the latest gaming PC will make your jaw drop those will give you heart attack. $$$ They start around $15K
IBM Thinkpads (by lenovo?) have an excellent reputation, though they are a little more expensive than other laptops, those that have them will attest they're worth the slightly higher price.