(FYI: One for the nerds)
For the past something years i've been making music and doing all my day-to-day tasks on laptops, first a centrino-based acer from famicom connection to verao, a short stint with a dualcore vaio upto what i'm currently using as my main pc - an atom based msi netbook.
While the msi wind is great for mobility, it lacks power and ableton has a really hard time doing much with it even with a ram upgrade, so today i've bitten the bullet and for the first time in almost a decade pieced together and ordered a brand new desktop.
CPU: Quad Q6600 2.4ghz (can stock oc to 3hgz+ i'm told..)
RAM: 4GB PC6400
HDD: x2 500GB 7200rpm
GPU: 9600GT 512mb (will eventually swap this out for a newer card or SLI it with another 9600)
MONITOR: 22" Samsung LCD
With the case/mobo/psu and a copy of xp64 sp3 (will be banging win7beta on it too) it came to just over £550 which i'm chuffed with - Not cutting edge by any standard but it's definately something that's going to make a HELL of a difference to to my productivity and how well produced my stuff sounds. And er you know, I might even be able to see what all this fuss about crysis is :p