Looking for the right computer Answered
8 years ago, my dad bought me a computer. It was decent enough, and served me well through school. It did however break down a lot, and over the years my computer(s) have gone through numerous iterations and fixes in an attempt to keep them working. With all the Frankensteining going on, very little (if any) of my original computer is left. These days even wiping the hard disks doesn't fix all the problems.
So I find myself in the market for a new machine with very little contemporary knowledge of what to get.
And here's where you come in: what does Instructables recommend (specific pieces of equipment if possible) in terms of hardware and computer specs?
Usage: I'm a graphic artist focused more on the 2-D side of things; I need enough power and memory to work in large sizes( 40 MB multi-layer images with dimensions well over 10,000 x 10,000 pixels are not that uncommon, and working with a few of these at once will sometimes be necessary) and remain stable 24/7. The computer needs to be able to multitask, at the very least running windows explorer, firefox (tab addict), fireworks, a basic text editor, and a media player simultaneously. It has to have at least a couple hundred gigs of space, and be able to display and edit large video files as well.
I've got a couple thousand dollars handy, and can save for more if necessary; I just need a good machine that'll perform to expectations and remain error-free for as long as possible.
So, Instructables, any suggestions?