For an art computer you shouldn't need to spend over $1500.
A Velocity Mirco system would get you some great options for your money. Alienware would get you some terrible options for your money. You also may want to check out any Origin or Falcon Northwest PCs if you're looking for that "gaming-esque" style. If you want to go more mainstream Dell's XPS line is ok, but not great. If you really want the best options though for a performance machine the best choice is usually to build your own. You said you weren't comfortable, but it's really not hard at all. Especially if you can get a bundle deal where you don't have to worry about finding compatible parts.
If I may ask though, what exactly happened to your old computer? They don't just "die" usually a component fails.
This is a hard one to ask, especially if your on a budget.
But if your looking for something cheap the new google laptop looks good. ( not 100% sure if its good for art).
If you don't care about the price and want one that will last a life time I'd say get a big sturdy Toshiba laptop ( there quite expensive but you won't regret it, there great laptops. I've got one myself and it's been around for forty years! Not that I'm forty! It used to be my dads for a little while, and it's worth £1800! But we got it for 1200!)
I've got photoshop and illustrator and that's £1000 pounds of software and the Toshiba laptop I have is very strong, reliable, long battery life, GREAT for art and MUCH more!!!!!
Head over to here [link] and configure a system along the following:
Case: Any would do, I'd suggest a full tower, like the NZXT Phantom. Power supply: Silverstone Element ST65EF 650w Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-VPro CPU: i7-3770 Cooler: CM Hyper 212 RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16Gb (2*8GB) 1600MHz GPU: ASUS 660Ti-DC20 1st hdd: Samsung 256Gb 840Pro ssd (OS and programs) 2nd hdd: 3tb Barracuda (Storage) OS: Windows Pro or Ultimate 64bit (Windows 7 or Windows 8 whichever you prefer)
Total: About $1900.
As for a monitor you could go with the Dell U2713HM for about $700.
I just bought a Gateway all-in-one and it is so nice! I paid around $400 for it brand new and it has a 20" screen so its pretty big and has a really good amount of space on it! And windows 8 if that floats your boat. But I love it! So far its taken art pretty well and no problems with it.
To be honest, everyone loves Toshiba but.. As a former IT Tech. I would hiss and claw at you if you gave me a Toshiba. Then I'd tell you to throw it into the garbage when that thing broke down after being your computer/laptop for only 2 years .
I'd go with Acer or HP. Acer mainly because they are amazing with their computers.. ;;.. Both desktop and laptop. </personal input> I have a Compaq. But I will def. get an Acer when this thing dies. I have an Acer laptop, and it's amazing.
I hope you don't hate the compagnie too much, I would have said Mac. Not because it's pretty but actually because of the screen quality. People tend to say that every of their product is complete bullshit but it actually isn't, it's been 1 year since I brought an iMac and I'm very happy about it. It's the first time I have this kind of computer, it's an artist who told me to buy one and why. Also this person is not a random artist, she knows her shit pretty damn well and now work in 3D animation, she even worked on Ice Age.
I'm not an Aple fan, I'm just a satisfied customer.
Screen quality isn't really a good argument. You realize the iMac display is mediocre at best in the realm of IPS panels right? There's also nothing stopping anyone from buying a display as good or better than an iMac.
My english is not at it's best and so that's why I didn't said more, and of course I never said she SHOULD buy an iMac. Anyway I'm not here for arguing, I'm sorry if I rustled your precious jimmies and won't reply to any other comments.
Nope! Nothing against Mac or Apple. It's just that all the software I have is for PC, so it just wouldn't be financially smart to get a Mac at this point. :3 Plus one of my favorite art programs (SAI) is for PC only, so I sort of have to get a PC.
as for the parts from ibuypower you put in your machine... id go with [link] as your intial set up. every thing basic stock except for the graphics card adobe offers some cool features for rendering stuff via your graphics card processors (GPU) wich will take some stress off your CPU and render stuff faster(this may be irrelevant or invalid information). the option for the Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 is already chosen but choose the sli X2 option. im an ati fan my self im only suggesting nvidia due to the (possible) ability to use adobe with the card.
ibuypower.com there gaming computers, but if you buy a gaming computer, you will eb able to render digital art, or digital video with breeze. i would invest in a 1500-2000 USD computer, and with that last 1k look into buying a tablet or a tablet monitor. second, use your second monitor in conjunction with the new one yull get, 2 monitors means double the work space. and regardless of your video card you get be it ATI or Nvidia, you will have the support for 2+ monitors. i don't suggest dell due to there customer support (i have had issues with theme big time, they even sent the computer i had sent to be repaired to another state).
I got a Dell when my old laptop died (they didn't even make the same kind anymore), and it works pretty well. It's an Inspiron Ultrabook of some sort. Good graphics, quick, it's compatible with stuff, etc. Dell's are supposed to be really safe, and with my bad luck, I got their warrenty that would replace your laptop even if you threw it off a cliff X3 I have one pet peeve with it- if Windows want to install an update, it restarts my whole computer without a single warning- but I've been told I can change that, though of course he who told me that didn't know how Chrome usually replaces all of my tabs, though, and the Microsoft Office products "quick save" things, so I don't lose much, unless I had something open on Gimp (which has happened. Many times. T_T) It was kind of pricy, but it'll last a lot longer than a cheaper laptop would. Good luck finding one!
Lenovo all the way. Not sure if they make desktops or not. But I'd stay about from Toshiba, they don't always do well with lots of art programs. If Lenovo doesn't make desktops I would recommended Compaq. Never had a problem with either two I had.
I just got a Acer desktop today for my birthday with Windows 8, and it's the best thing ever! It has everything! I got a HP Pavilion 6 driver, Logitech speakers, and everything. I could not be happier. It is also a super computer, meaning it has LOTS of space and is really fast, and is also supposed to last a while. I'm not sure of the price, but I don't think it is TOO expensive! :3
Asus is a wonderful brand. Both my fiance and I have Asus laptops and it is the absolute best art computer I have ever had. I've had it about 2 years now and it still runs like it's brand new. I can run multiple programs at the same time and it doesn't slow down at all. It has 500 GB of storage space, which is wonderful. I have never had one of their desktops, but if they are as good as the laptops, I would highly recommend Asus.
The one i have, an ASUS, is here, at Best buy for only about 800 bucks. I LOVE IT and i honestly couldn't ask for anything better. I can run all my art programs, livestream, ineternet whatever i want, no lag whatsoever. [link] nice and portable too.
If you want a laptop, not a computer, toshiba is a great one ^^ I have as a computer a packard bell and I would say is pretty good. I have it for two years and it's awesome <3 And I have paint tool sai which works perfectly, but photoshop cracks everytime he can xD
I know, I read XD hp was suggested because its the only brand I'll even buy these days. The toshibas I've been around haven't worked well, nor the dells, or the acres, and certainly not compaq or gateway. Lol. Yeah... lots of brands. But I'm just super picky lol.
I'm not trying to stir up an argument, I'm just fed up with this stupid rumour. I didn't say Apple PCs are not good for art. I said that they are no better than non-Apple PCs. You can get a much better non-Apple PC for the same money than if you were to buy an Apple PC. If you have a better PC, it will be better for video-editing, 3d-modelling, or working with large files. Who cares if Apple makes it and puts MacOS on it, it's still a PC with inferior hardware.