quote:Originally posted by Rachelo
He may be looking for an apple for the video editing, which is pretty standard.
I don't believe in spending money on parts of a computer you won't need (I only ever have the most basic built-in video card, since I don't do movies or video games), but if you just buy exactly the processing power you'll need, you'll run out of it a lot faster. I see value in buying for what you expect to need in a few years, and thus keeping it relevant longer.
Here we go again with a tangent Racholo! No way should you buy what you need in a few years!
The old axiom used to be: buy as much power as you can possibly afford, because you'll need it eventually.
I followed that back in the 90's....what a waste....and that was mainly for gaming, which is an area you are guaranteed to be able to take advantage of the power, in a predictable and quick pattern.
Here's the thing. You buy more power than you need....you are happy, and everything runs great....you have power to burn you aren't using. Your system goes obsolete as you sit there not using it's capability. Yes, in one year, two year, or as you say a "few" years, now you're using the power....yay! Guess what? That same level of power now costs less than half what you paid!
2012 buy system with power you need now for 750$ or buy super system for 1800$
2015 oh thank god I have that power! I'm using it now! Oh wait....the equivalent super system now costs 750$! I could have bought the other system, bought the super system now, have two systems, one brand new (my q and r keys don't work now, and the trackpad buttons are flakey, and the hard drive is going to crash in a few months), and saved 300$. Plus, the current version of the super system comes with some new bells and whistles....and I have a new warranty....
The same is often true of storage capacity, memory, video cards, etc...(with some possible complications due to interface changes(all the more reason to want to buy a new system, not to go for a buy-for-the-future system), and somtimes their are situations like obsolete memory going up in value but.....
I say buy as much power as you're going to use now, and in the very near future. There are of course many possible individual exceptions, but I think this should be the general rule. If you don't use that power now, it's just sitting their devaluing drastically, every single month.
Plus, all of this is assuming you actually do get around to using the power...many people don't (eg. I bought this computer because I was THINKING I might get into.....)