In advance, I'd like to thank you for your help. And apologies for the amateur question – but that’s exactly what I am.
For the last several years, I have taken on minor graphic design/editing jobs at work (in the finance industry… but we don’t have a designer on hand and I wanted to learn). I’ve been doing so with the stock PC and free utilities like Inkscape and Gimp. However, the PC has begun crashing when working on projects and moves very slowly. Could be the computer bogged down or too old at this point, but I’m inclined to think it’s simply not the right tool for the job (Pentium Dual Core E5800 @ 3.2GHz, 4 GB RAM, GeForce 210).
I have enjoyed these projects and think I will continue to do more and more, both at work and at home independently. So for this I ask for your suggestions and advice when looking for a new computer.
While, budget isn’t a hard cap, I’m hoping to keep it around $1,000. I would prefer a PC over a Mac. Are there any laptops that would work – maybe with a docking station?