I have just converted my old main rig to a HTPC and love it. For now I do all other computer stuff on my laptop - a cheap Acer, which actually does a pretty good job for most of the stuff I do. I am not into gaming, but mostly web browsing, word processing, and photo editing. For photo editing my machine is just barely suitable, and I do a lot of that. Also, my camera is a Rebel T1i, which has HD Video, and I am becoming more interested in that. In the medium term, I think I'll need a dedicated machine for video editing, but I haven't even made up my mind if that's going to be a desktop or a laptop. I still have a pretty decent 22" screen, keyboard and mouse. Would have to buy everything else.
So after this long intro, what are people using for video editing these day? Should not break the bank, but give decent performance for some years. I have put PCs together from components in the past. I am looking for recommendations for a mobo/processor/RAM/HD combination or a laptop.
And before I forget, it is going to be a freezing cold day in hell before I buy anything that helps lining the pockets of Steve Jobs. Any recommendations in that direction are wasted electrons :bigggrin: