I plan to build a system to be used mostly for photoshop and play Counter Strike - Source and I need help on selecting some of the key components. I will not be overclocking so that's out of question. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
I have decided to go with following components;
ATI x1800 xt
Aerocool Masstige Case
Aerocool 0 DBA 620W P/U
2GB memory kit (DDR2 with intel)
Following are what I can't decide
If I go with AMD Athlon 64 X2 +3800, then
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe or
ASUS A8R32-MVP or
ABIT AT8 32X
If I go with Intel, then
D950 or D940?
Intel D975XBX M/B
Which direction should I go with? I would like to start purchasing tomorrow so HELP ME!! Thank you
If I were you I would go with the AMD setup since it will be better for games than an equivalently priced Intel. Check out TG's interactive CPU charts or any other reviews you can find. You'll see that the 3800+ is better in most games but loses to the Intels in lots of other benches. But the price/performance ratio is higher for the 940 and the 3800+ than the 950. So if you do decide to go with Intel, the 950 is probably not worth the price difference over the 940. But back to AMD, I think it is a very good choice overall. And in that case I would get the ASUS A8R32-MVP since it is an excelllent all-round mobo, slightly cheaper than the SLI board and you have the option of adding a second X1800XT for Crossfire mode if you want later on