Hi guys, hope i'm posting in the right place. I need a performing pc for home recording an other multimedia use, but I'm in a really awkward situation. I'll explain it briefly. I actually got 3 PCs at home right now. 1x Compaq Desktop - very old (8 yrs approximately. Slow as fack at anything but still working for reeeally basic use, like surfing the web and such. Think it as my "window on the net" terminal, nothing more. It was also a standard-equipped unit, absolutely average, so you can tell its handicap by now.) 1x HP Notebook - 8 yrs old too, but it was actually a top-of-the-line HP business notebook at the time. It's got a Intel dual core and 1 gb RAM. It's been upgraded with 3 gbs RAM and a 500gb HD in time, so it always worked pretty well nonetheless. The bad news are that it's now physically damaged (damaged disk sector i think), and it's not working properly anymore. Basically, it works flawlessly but freezes if used over 2-3 hours non-stop, and you need to shut it down brutally. So basically you can't do any work with it any more, nor keep it powered on for any "long" time. A shame, but i' don't think i'm willing to spend extra money on it again. 1x Compaq Notebook - this one is about 2 years old and going well (4 gbs RAM, i5, HD graphics, 640 gb HD) and was actually intended as my initial "decent-home-recording-and-stuff-pc-to-keep-at-home" until the above mentioned HP broke down and i moved this as my permanent "university pc". I couldn't work for the university stuff anymore with a pc that lasts whatever he wants and then it's gone, as the HP does. TL;DR I have basically no useful or sufficiently powerful pc to use at home for my stuff, finding myself with 2 "about useless" machines and 1 useful machine i can't get my hands on at the moment. I'd like to have a pc sufficiently powerful for home recording and other multimedia works, and i'd like to keep the Notebook option. I'm just starting out on those works, so i don't need something super powerful, but nonetheless it has to handle stuff properly. I don't want to spend again on another pc in a couple of years just because i didn't get an enough powerful one. This is my crutch: if i need a reasonably powerful PC that will last decently, is it better to make a custom build or to buy one aftermarket? Keep in mind i don't know anyone who could build a pc for me, i'm a little worried about warranties, i'd rather have a notebook and in either case i'm not willing to spend more than 1000 euros. That would be the absolute roof of my budget. I was thinking of a higher end Dell notebook by now. My main concerns for an aftermarket pc are the motherboard and soundcard. Will standard components react well in a home recording situation? PS I already have a Pod HD500, a pair of wireless open Sennheiser headphones (i will buy some closed cabled ones if things get serious), some old Roland monitors, some vocal mics and some other "studio" equipment here and there since my dad is quite an audiophile, hobbyist singer and used to be an hobbyist drummer. On to you. What do you think? PS Note that i'm not a gamer, so i don't care about those capabilities.