It has been over 3 years since last build (XP 2500) and I think it is time for a new one. I have been reading quite a lot over the past month or so and think I have a handle on the general things. I will be using this one primarily for multitasking and home photo and video editing (Photoshop elements and Premiere elements). My gaming is limited and my games are probably at least 2 years behind the curve (FS 2004, GTA - Vice city, The Simpsons, etc.) Multitasking typically involves Word, Excel, Outlook, Firefox, Quickbooks, Access at the same time.
Case - Chieftec AX-01BLD - from old system
PSU- Antec True Power 2.0 - 480W - from old system
MB - Asus P5B-plus
Proc - E4300
Mem - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) (PC2 6400) F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
Video - EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB
HDD - WD 160G for OS and Programs - from old system
HDD2 - WD 320G for temp and scratch files - from old system
HDD3 - 2x - Seagate 7200.10 500G in raid 1 for data files
Monitor 1 - Samsung Syncmaster 170MP 17" - from old system
Monitor 2 - Samsung 941BW 19" widescreen
DVDRW - ?
For backup purposes -
HDD - 2x - Seagate 7200.10 500G
External case - 2x Galaxy Metal Gear Box II 3506SASP
I plan on rotating the external hard drives every week or so and keep 1 in fire safe at all times.
I will OC some but plan to use stock cooler. Expect to maybe OC to 266 MHZ FSB?
Is my PSU sufficient?
Is video card overkill (or underkill)?
Is MB a good one or should I look at upgrading to Deluxe? The main reason I chose this one is I currently have Asus and I like the idea of the esata port.
DVDRW - Any real difference in brands or just pick one for speed and cost? Any reason to get a SATA one?
It all looks good for what you want to do with it.
I got my E4300 up to 3.2 GHZ at 360 MHZ FSB with stock cooling. You could easily get a few hundred more mhz if you wanted.
-PSU will support that setup.
-Video card is good for what you want to do with it.
-The plus should suit you fine.
-SATA is obviously superior if you're buying a new one. If you already have one and are considering getting SATA it's not worth it.