This may be a little long and a lot of it of no interest, but this is what I am trying to accomplish with my computers.
I have two computers I am working with one is in my basement and the other in my den. I will refer to the one in the basement as B and the one in the den as D. They are both Dell’s.
B is the one I have been doing SL on and this is where I do my RL photography. This computer will let me run SL, Paint Shop Pro or Photo Shop, and mail along with my browser and blog at the same time.
D is where I convert vinyl records, cassette tapes, eight track tapes and VHS to digital.
B is very nice place to work except in the coldest part of winter like now. D is nice now but rather hot in the hottest part of summer with all the digital equipment I have there. The Den is only 10 X 12 feet.
D has a new Nvdia graphics card which I installed about a year ago. I tried to get the same kind of card for the Den. The computer in the Den is a slim line and has to take smaller cards. I installed a Radeon in the Den computer. The graphics look great. I display it on my 42 inch flat screen TV. It freezes up when I take a photo in SL. This happens at a time when my CPU usage exceeds 76% and taking the photo jumps it to 100%. If I take photos when CPU usage is under 76 it works fine. I am going to upgrade the CPU in D.
I started all this to get better photos in SL. A new monitor for B might accomplish that, but I want to be able to work either place.
I am looking at the possibility of putting together my own computer. Not sure yet. I am reading up on it. I can usually do anything I set my mind to. I am considering a Gigabyte Intel Z77 Dual Thunderbolt ATX Motherboard with BT4.0/Wi-Fi (GA-Z77X-UP5-TH). I can get a lot more computer for my money by picking the parts and putting them together myself. It would be a great learning experience.
The basement is where I also work on computers. Mostly in the software end and getting more into the hardware end. Love the challenge and try to keep learning.
I am into a major project of scanning about 6,000 photos and putting them on DVD. This is for pay.
I should be back in SL by Monday using the B computer.