A bit of everthing: Gaming ,Auto Cad, Photoshop, Internet, Office ext. This is my home and work PC.
This is not a necessary upgrade it is just that I have someone willing to take my old CPU, MOBO, Ram and HDD’s off my hands at a reasonable price.
So this is a opportunistic upgrade and I would like to make the most of it.
Dual core for sure. I don't have much Opty experience, but I'm convinced they are the ticket right now. I'd go for plenty of HD capacity. The Raptor decision is tough - for less money, you can get loads of speed and capacity (example: two 250GB (or smaller) drives in RAID0 will set you back less than 200 bucks). I've had that mobo and the 500MHz OCZ gold and although I'm not yet fully optimized, setup was easier than expected so far. Good luck!