Happy New Years Everyone!
I am considering replacing my home computer. Right now, I have a compaq desktop that is about 6-7 years old. I moonlight doing freelance sketchup illustration for a rival consulting firm (yeah, it's allowed). I also run a ton of other programs that use a bunch of RAM: Photoshop, Flash, AutoCAD, Illustator, etc.
Can anyone recommend any computers (desktop or even lapto) that have worked for them? Anyone have any recommendations for video cards? Years ago I had a barebones gateway laptop that burned the processor away after I loaded ArcGIS on it. I am sure laptops have changed in the past 5 years though. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.