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Laptop or desktop

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Rocker, 5 Jun 2017.

  1. Rocker

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

    Posts: 431

    Location: Scotland

    Apologies if I've posted this in the wrong section...

    I'm at the stage where I need a new machine. I've got an old desktop I build about 6 of not more years ago now - still a fairly beefy machine - 8gb ram, quad core etc but it's getting a little past it.

    I'm thinking about either a new desktop or potentially a laptop that I could also use on the desk with monitors etc.

    What do I use it for; other than standard computer use it'll predominantly be used for audio works - recording/ editing/ processing (something like albeton live), running VMs and a bit of photo editing.

    I'm looking for something fairly powerful with a good decent spec but also don't want to pay through the roof.

    Keep to see peoples views on whether a desktop or laptop would be better? I guess the reasons for considering a laptop is portability wise and use around the house...i have little intention on take out of the house.

    Thanks
     
  2. mattyfez

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 Apr 2007

    Posts: 9,984

    Well you'll get more bang for your buck with a desktop, especially of running vm's and you might be able to use some parts from your old one, storage drives, etc. to offset the cost.
    What's it's full spec?
    Could you use a smart phone /tablet to cover the Portability around the house side of things?
     
  3. jbh110tdi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2014

    Posts: 2,467

    Location: Slamannan Falkirk

    I would agree on the desktop you'll get a lot more for you're money. get yourself a good tablet for around the house.

    also.. what is your current spec?
     
  4. Rocker

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

    Posts: 431

    Location: Scotland

    I think a desktop is probably the answer.

    In terms of current spec I've got:

    AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition quad core 2.51 GHz
    Asus M3N-HT DELUXE
    DDR2 8 GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    x4 500GB disks
    There some Creative graphics card in there somewhere too
     
  5. Rannoch

    Soldato

    Joined: 15 Apr 2012

    Posts: 5,952

    Location: Rannoch

    Desktop for sure.
     
  6. jbh110tdi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2014

    Posts: 2,467

    Location: Slamannan Falkirk

    what would you're budget be and what is the intended use?
     
  7. Rocker

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Nov 2005

    Posts: 431

    Location: Scotland

    Budget wise, I wasn't thinking anything above £1,200 But I am slightly flexible i.e. I'm willing to pay a bit more of it means that little extra spec.

    Usage wise, other than general internet usage, office stuff etc. it will mostly be audio recording via audio interfaces (guitar etc) audio editing and proxessing, basic video editing, and tuning VMs for various testing etc. (I work in IT security)

    I used to be well up on all my hardware knowledge etc but it's been years since I've looked into it. I'm a IT security geek now ha
     
  8. ExoMale

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jan 2016

    Posts: 3,720

    Location: Derbyshire

    get a mac, they meant to be better for audio work
     
  9. Xereo

    Gangster

    Joined: 29 Apr 2015

    Posts: 114

    I vote desktop anyday over a laptop. Best bang for your buck
     
  10. ExoMale

    Mobster

    Joined: 9 Jan 2016

    Posts: 3,720

    Location: Derbyshire

    you be better off with a laptop if you need to move locations otherwise a desktop(pc or mac) will actually be you best bet if its going to be stationed in one place.