I am just about convinced to upgrade my computer capability because of the increased demands of some of the new techniques. I presently have a Compaq with a 2.1 Ghz single core AMD processor and maxed out at 2GB of ram. This is going to really make the thing stress when I start to stitch a lot of images.
I would love to have a Mac Pro but at over $7,000 plus for a dual quad core and a decent amount of ram it makes me stop and consider it a bit.
I do have another option to have a friend build a dual quad core (8 cores) 2.33 Ghz Intel processors mounted on a server motherboard holding 12 gigs of ECC ram and upgradeable to 32 gigs of ram. It would have 2 - 500 gig HDs configured in raid one. It would have an 8800 video card, blue ray/dvd/cd internal player and burner. Complete with wireless keyboard and a Creative speakers. The cost for the home built will be around $4500 including Vista Ultimate 64 bit. The motherboard and processors would be covered by a two year warranty. All other componants would be warranted for one year.
My question is am I wise in looking at a home built?...I am tired of buying a new computer every couple of years because applications require increasing amounts of processor and ram to effectively run.
Thanks for sharing your opinions on this.