I bought a system with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, Quad-Core AMD Phenom 9550, Nvidia Geforce 9300GE, 64-bit Windows Vista Machine.
Bought it primarily because it was cheap and came with 25.5 inch screen.
Problem: It's slow - if you can believe it. My Dell laptop 1525 is faster and more stable!
I tried installing and dual-booting Linux Mint and ran into video and audio troubles.
I need fast and stable and I'm going for awesome.
Anyone have some suggestions on making this thing smoking hot? Vista is fine, but slows over time - suspect virus/spyware/etc.. But I need to use Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Illustrator. I've tried the alternatives and I just don't like them. When you've got deadlines looming you want to work with what you know. Also use Skype (and I had audio problems with it in Linux), gotomeeting, gotowebinar. Don't need MS Office. Tried VMWare, Virtualbox and again - I keep getting audio/video problems.
I'd love someone's input on THEIR setup and how they got there.
I'm sure I need to upgrade my video card, but what should I go to?