So right now I have a Toshiba satellite that is about 4 years old. In the past few months I have been suffering through it chugging along at times and playing games on their lowest settings. So my questions are:
1. Should I buy a new PC/Laptop or just update the ram, graphics cards and such.
2. If I should buy a new system should it be a laptop or a PC?
-I have considered both and since I'm in school I use my computer a lot but moving a PC tower twice a year isn't too big of an issue.
3. If any well informed and experienced buyers could help me choose or narrow down specifically what kind I should buy. Keeping in mind that I primarily use my computer for school and gaming, so ideally I would want something that would allow me to play the games I frequent (Skyrim, Diablo 3, LoL, and other popular titles on steam) on the highest or higher end of the spectrum graphics wise without a drop in performance or speed. Also my schoolwork heavily involves using programs such as Maya, Z,Brush, Photoshop, Mudbox and other 3D modeling software. So if possible I would ideally like to be able to easily run those programs at high performance that would also be able to handle all rendering of my final 3D projects efficiently.
I'm not the most knowledgeable about computer specs so help is much appreciated.
I think you need to set your budget first. Without it the spectrum of possibilities is insane.
Considering your requirements for gaming, Photoshop and other demanding software use I would eventually stick with PC (but then I will always prefer PC, for any travel option I would rather go with tablet that will cover most requested needs).
Right now may not be time to go for new high-end PC.
GPU's (considering Nvidia) are right before introduction of new series. I would not recommend to invest in 7xx right now.
CPU's, Intel is just refreshing old technology with flashy names attempting cash grab.. new architecture is yet to come (next year it seems).
So my PoV: If you aim for mid range PC, it might be perfect to go with some i5 and Nvidia 770 as example. For the Photoshop and other you definetly want SSD HD, large enough to cover OS+software and eventually 1-3 frequently played games.
If you aim for high-end PC and intend to spend quite a lot, it is for consideration whether to do it now or wait for the fresh release that will likely put anything you buy now to forgotten past..
PS: ATI and AMD products not mentioned cause I don't use them..