Starting to consider a desktop. I guess with a wireless keyboard and mouse, I can make it work and if I have to bring it somewhere, I can just pack it up if I have to.
I was looking at Origin PC's site. They might be my favorite so far. Apparently it's from the founders of the original alienware before they were taken over by Dell.
The first configuration I went through got upwards of $9,000 goddamn dollars for a bunch of shit I'm sure I don't need, so I went back in an re-built with a somewhat more realistic approach. I guess dual video cards aren't as good as a single really good graphics card, so that saved a bunch. And I still haven't decided on the SSD issue, but more and more I lean towards RAID. For the same price as a single 320GB SSD I can have 12TB (4x3TB) 7200 RAID 0. This configuration is only using 6TB, but it's $192 each for up to two more 3TB drives.
(Ok, the 27" 3D capable monitor isn't entirely necessary, but I could see gaming in 3D being fun enough to say fuck it there)
DesktopTech: Intel Z68 $1,382.00 $1,382.00
Premium Case Charge: None
Case (Chassis): Silverstone Raven 2
CaseExteriors: Case Exterior: No Paint
CaseLighting: CaseLighting: No Lighting
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CaseWindow: Case Window
Case Fans: None
Processor: Overclocked Intel Core i7 2700K 4.7GHz - 5.2GHz LGA 1155 Quad-Core Processor (8MB L3 Cache)
Graphics Card: Single 3GB GDDR5 EVGA GTX 580 CLASSIFIED
ORIGIN Professional Graphics Card Overclocking: ORIGIN Professional Graphics Card Overclocking
Memory: 8GB Mushkin Redline DDR3 2133Mhz (2x 4GB) Dual Channel Memory
System Cooling: ORIGIN FROSTBYTE 360 Sealed Liquid Cooling Systems
Power Supply: 1050 Watt Corsair HX1050 PSU
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 V (USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s,)
RAID Configuration: RAID 0: For better speed and performance (2 or more identical drives needed) - ORIGIN Recommended
RAID Controllers: None
Hard Drive One: 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache HDD
Hard Drive Two: 3TB SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache HDD
Hard Drive Three: None
Hard Drive Four: None
Optical Drive One: 12X Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD) No Blu-ray Playback Software Included
Optical Drive Two: None
Playback Software: None
Media Card Reader: None
Bay Devices: Aerocool Touch 2000 - Touch LCD, Temperature Display and Fan Controller
Audio: 8-channel High Definition Surround Sound Support
Networking: Onboard Network Port
Operating System: Genuine MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition
ORIGIN Maximum Protection Shipping Process: ORIGIN Wooden Crate Armor
Warranty: 1 Year Part Replacement and 45 Day Free Shipping Warranty with DVD image and Lifetime Labor/24-7 Support
Evolve Part Upgrade Service: No Part Upgrade Service
Free ORIGIN T-shirt: ORIGIN T-shirt XXLarge
Primary Display: ASUS 27" VG278H 3D Monitor w/ Built-in Speakers and Nvidia 3D Vision 2 Kit
Cloud Power: Steam (The Ultimate online game platform)
Cloud Power: Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 - ORIGIN Recommended
Cloud Power: Dropbox - Online Storage
Extras: FREE Global Agenda
Extras: FREE Massive Multiplayer Online Game: World of Tanks
Extras: FREE Massive Multiplayer Online Game: Runes of Magic
Product Subtotal: $3,921.00
That monitor is one big waste of money. You can get an LED LCD monitor that can blow you away for under $400. 3d is completely unnecessary.
You're also wasting your money on those hard drives. You seem obsessed with having endless amounts of storage and I can't understand why. We're all telling you SSD for a reason. get yourself a 128 or 250gb SSD and a backup 1tb HDD.
Lastly, I would never buy an overclocked CPU that's sitting at 5.2ghz. I don't care if they're cooling it with a rush of nitrogen. There is absolutely no reason to have a CPU overclocked that far while paying $3800 for a system. You'll likely be troubleshooting within a month.