Have $1,000. Recommend a Desktop Please

Hey everyone,

I've been tasked with picking out a new desktop for my desk here at work. I have a maximum budget of $1,000, and I'd like to squeeze the most out of the purchase since it probably won't be replaced for several years.

Here are my common apps/tasks and preferences:


  • Word
  • Excel
  • Remote Desktop
  • Sony Movie Studio - light video editing
  • Calendar
  • Photoshop


  • Windows 8
  • i5 or higher
  • 1GB Dedicated graphics
  • All-in-one is a bonus (This will be a customer-facing computer so extra points are awarded for style.)

The heaviest lifting that this machine will see is HD video. These are things like reviewing commercials and little information spots we do for the public on our YouTube account. I don't want to get bogged down with stuttering video or slow Photoshop performance.

If you recommend a solution that is not an all-in-one, please keep monitor pricing in mind when making your recommendation.

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!