Let’s take a look at how we’d ‘spec’ a system designed to meet the needs of enthusiasts while also keeping costs low:
1) Decent performance in processor-intensive tasks such as video editing/encoding/decoding and other hyperthreaded software
2) Gaming performance at moderate resolutions such as 1680×1050
3) Potential for overclocking
We want this to be a mid-range system of sorts. I plan to do a really low-cost budget performance/gaming rig for something like £350-£400 soon, but for this system let’s choose more of a mid-range budget. Something in the region of £500-£600 should be fine, so let’s settle on £550, give or take. The average laptop is atleast £500-£600 and we want a system that far outstrips even a high-end laptop in performance.