My Dell laptop has died, having previously had the screen go (in warranty), a memory chip go (out of warranty) and now the motherboard. I'm therefore looking to buy a new laptop.
After that experience with Dell, and 3 months of arguing with Mesh before my (so far fine) desktop turned up, I am not over impressed with either at the moment. Can anyone offer advice on alternatives?
I mainly use my laptop attached to a monitor at home, and don't use it portably except on holiday. When I do I tend to take it by car, so I'm not too fussed about how lightweight it is, or even battery life. The most resource intensive programmes I currently use are probably Bloodbowl and Photoshop, but there's a reasonably good chance of me wanting to play other games on it and I do like to play at as high a resolution as I can. I probably need at least 500gb space to store current and future photos. I need it to run Windows 7 Pro to be able to run old programmes that are only copmpatible with Windows XP. Optimistically I hope I can transfer the Windows 7 Pro licence and software from my old laptop to my new one, but that may be rather hopeful.
I'd like it to last at least 3 years in terms of future proofing.
Budget £1200, but I'd prefer it to be less.
Anyone got any suggestions?