I plan to order the following to build my first PC. This will be used mainly for dgital photo processing and video editing. May also use it for some CAD application. Any suggestions to improve or to save cost are appreciated.
ASUS A8N-E Motherboard ATX S939 NFORCE4 Ultra DDR PCI-E16 PCI-E4 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA RAID Sound GBLAN
In Stock 14268 $113.98 $113.98
With the cash you save on the vid card change, go with 2 gig of ram with cas 2.5 (shouldn't cost much more), there's a noticable difference on my machine if I use cas 3 instead (within the same brand even).
Thanks, Sekeru: 1Gb fast ram vs. 2GB value -- since I will doing a lot of multitasking and lots of memory intensive application, I'm inclined to the current choise.
If you are not planning to overclock your system Corsair ValueRAM is good stuff. I use it, and have no trouble with it at all. I would agree with the poster on seeing if you can find RAM clocked at 2.5. I know OCZ makes some which is around $220USD.
Thanks everyone for sharing your experience and giving tips. I do plan to do some minor overclocking just for the fun of it. I'm seriously considering the option to get a better RAM with saving from the video card.