Right, I'm beginning to get seriously pissed off with my PC now. I built it myself in Christmas 2004 so it's beginning to show its age now. I'm also having problems with a schizophrenic second hard drive.
So, it's time to consider getting a new PC. I'm leaning towards a laptop purely and simply because I spend quite a lot of time on the train and at press events and having something portable would be brilliant. However, there is also a part of me that knows for gaming I'd be better getting a desktop.
I'm sort of inclined to go down the Mac route. I use them in work everyday, and I know MacBooks manage power consumption far better, and so it'll be ideal for those long train journeys where I haven't managed to sit near a plug socket.
On the other hand, I know the basic MacBook only has a mediocre Intel onboard graphics chip. Games aren't a major problem any more because a lot of the games I play are available on Macs as well, like WoW, Simcity 4, Civ 4 etc... Plus I can always dual boot - but I do have to wonder exactly how well the Intel chip could handle gaming. (Plus I get a 20 per cent discount of Macs thanks to my NUJ membership).
I'm not sure I could justify the extra cost either for the MacBook Pro, but seeing how I might end up doing a lot of video editing on it, I'm sort of leaning that way.
On the other hand, I know I could build a reasonably cheap but so much more powerful PC for about the price of a Mac. My only concern is that I'd be lumbered with something that is heavily virus prone (yes, I know Macs get viruses too... but it's far less common).
I don't know. What would you lot recommend?
As I said, I'm going to be using it a little for gaming (although most, if not all games I play are available on Mac, plus I can dual boot), video editing and I need a very good battery if I go down the laptop route.