i like Asus boards, and i like the P965 chipset, so naturally i like this board alot. really stable Asus P5B deluxe - $183
total - $691 USD, or 362 pounds
its funny really, those parts are of higher quailty then the ones im going to put in my next build, mainly becuase you have a much higher budget then me, (ie: 500 pounds is about $1000 here, and $1000 is my budget for my entire pc, and your buying 3 componets with that much. lucky.)
I probably mislead you with the budget, I meant £500 total for everything.
However your suggestions interest me. I was leaning more towards AMD, simply because that's what I currently have(an ancient 1.4 Athlon) and it's given me good service.
However more and more people seem to prefer the Intel so I may go down that road.
My current motherboard is Asus A7v266 and that too has served me well, but I seem to be reading a lot of negative views on Asus lately regarding stability and memory compatibility.
oh, ok, so you ment 500 for everthing like video, hdd's, psu, case, ect. you also said you can figure everthing else out yourself, if so, why dont you post what youve already spent for the other stuff, that way we know how much cash there is left to work with.
Haven't actually bought anything yet, I was planning to rob the old machine.
There's a fairly new 160gb Maxtor HD, a new 450W ps, and a new and old dvd burner, so all I need is probably a new atx case, video card and sound card. As I said I' m not a gamer so I don't need a fancy video card.
It was really the motherboard and processor I needed advice with, there's so much choice and what one person thinks is superb another person says is useless.
what kind of drive? (sata, ide, ect.) you dont really need a sound card unless your an audiophile. i think that this card should be fine for a non-gamer. the core 2 duo is definitely the cpu you want though.
...I don't want to overclock and I'm not a serious gamer, however I do like to edit digital photographs, make photo cds and edit video...
Starting with the basics.
The best cpus for video editing are Intel Conroe E6xxx.
No overclock means you only need value-ram. It is stable, costs the least and will POST with any motherboard. What you are looking for is 1.8 volt DDR2 533 @ 4-4-4-12. You will want/need 2GB (2x1GB sticks).
The most stable, simple and cost effective motherboards use the Intel P965 chipset and a single PCI-Ex16 videocard slot.
The most often recommended board lately is the Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 or DS3 (better caps). Many other good boards are out there.
IF you really want AMD, then:
You will want a socket AM2 X2 dual core, not the single core cpu.
You will need to buy DDR2-800 ram.
I would recommend a motherboard which uses an NVidia 550 or 570 chipset.
I don't live in the UK, but here are some sources I have found. Maybe you will find a surprise or two...
i would suggest you get a sata drive, i remember reading somewhere that P965 based boards dont play nice with IDE drives, to answer your question, there are 3 normal PCI slots, 1 PCI 1x slot, and 2 PCI express 16x slots.
...It was really the motherboard and processor I needed advice with, there's so much choice and what one person thinks is superb another person says is useless...
Usually this is a case of "buy what I have or you're stupid". There are few components which are truly junk. There are many which are not a good fit for your needs. Asus sent some of the first Conroe boards to market using a chipset that didn't work well with enthusiast ram. It got trashed in the reviews but a simple BIOS update fixed the problem. Other brands had the same problem but by then the issue was well known and accepted.
With your budget you won't get that good a machine.
Firstly, I would ditch your old machine or use it a file server or something.
Now here's my list of priorities when building a new machine and this goes for my own and systems those I build for cusotmers.
1) PSU - got to be a good one at least 450W, look to spend 10% of your budget on this item alone. £50
2) RAM - Depending on your requirements 1GB min, 2GB recommended £70 - £140
3) HD - Is data important? If so then consider a RAID 1 setup, it can be tricky to set up if you've not done it before as you need the drivers on a floppy during the windows XP set up procedure. £70
4) Motherboard - Again don't scrimp get a good one. I am particularly keen on those that have passive cooling. £60+
5) CPU & GPU. Gotta go dual core, spend less on CPU to get better GPU depending on your game playing if any. lot's of choice, you can get Intel dual core 820 for £70, Intel E6300 or AMD Athlon X2 4200+ for £125.
6) Case - Anything under £30 is probably made from flimsy steel. Buy one without a PSU to get better quality. My personal favourite at the moment is coolermaster centurion http://www.aria.co.uk/productinfocomm.asp?id=16357 .It's good quality plenty of expansion inside, fan slot to cool drive bays.
7) DVD/RW dont spend too much, they arent made to last these days.
As far as buying mobo etc, anything that overclocks well is a good indicator of quality. Unfortunately I don't have much experience with Intel boards so can't really help with recommendations. AMD boards, I would go for DFI, ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE mostly in that order.