So my current personal home PC workstation, while once state-of-the-art long ago, is really starting to show its age. Still, I do most of my WAH work on it because it’s still faster and better than my ancient work-issued laptop. Also, the work computer is so locked down it’s almost impossible to use (for example, I’m blocked from adding an external HD to it for backup, for security reasons).
I’ve been holding off because of the graphics card shortage causing prices to spike, but I don’t think I can wait much longer. My two kids have been pushing for me to buy the parts and build my own as they both did, but though I’m perfectly capable of doing that (I helped them build theirs) I don’t feel like a project. It’ll be enough work to configure the software. I want, as much as possible, something plug-and-play out of the box.
My spec reqs are pretty simple and straightforward, I think:
Graphics capability to run the Adobe Creative Suite-- especially Photoshop and Illustrator. I don’t do much in AfterEffects, but I’d like it to handle AE easily as well.
Ability to support twin 1920x1200 monitors
Just be fast and capable as a workstation in general, enough to be useful for the next several years.
Budget maybe $1500ish? Can go higher if necessary.
Also, any advice appreciated, such as: how much capacity do SSD drives have these days- they used to be a bit on the small side, but I think they’ve gotten larger. And I heard they used to have a hard limit on their lifecycle. Has that gotten better lately?
Feel free to ask follow up questions if I haven’t given enough info.