I will be putting together a new system shortly so some advice would be dearly appreciated.
I defenately opted against against a conroe solution because I think this platform will need some time to establish.
So AM2 it will be.
ASUS M2N-E, nF570 Ultra
Thats the base.
What I want with that is 4Gigs of RAM (I will be doing a lot of soundworks which needs awfully loads of memory); Just which one? and will it be working fine with that MB?
Furthermore I intend to get a fast, small raptor as system and scratch disk along with a bigger (around 300GB) data storage solution.
Sound will be provided via a pro PCI card.
I am eager to get your input on that.
Few thoughts on what you want.. Right now I would not get above a 4200+. The new 65nm AM2 CPUs (if Core2 is any indication) should have vastly improved performace. I would get a lower CPU now, and pop in one of those when they are available.
As for RAM, 4GB right now just does not work very well. XP Pro 32-bit does not run well with that much RAM. You can buy 4GB and pop in the other 2GB when Vista comes out which handles that much RAM much better. XP gets crashy with > 2GB of RAM and slows down.
Honestly, I don't find Raptors worth the price you pay for them. I think a RAID-0 solution would serve you much better. 2 80GB drives should do the trick nicely.
Better? Ummm ... I suppose it's better for applications written to take advantage of the multi-threaded potential. You should also be able to run various programs/apps within the Windows environment while experiencing less slow down in comparison to the single-core CPUs.
Performance boost in games? ... mehh, not so much -- maybe none actually.
More expensive? Well it has two "cores" on a single die ... so think of it logically.