I'm looking to build a new PC, but it's been 7 years since I made my last one and I would really appreciate some help picking out the main parts.
I can get Vista Ultimate from my college bookstore for 20 bucks, so that seems like a no-brainer. I don't game on my PC anymore, so I don't need a beast. Mostly just use Photoshop, Office, internet stuff, and a bit of video editing. Outputting video to my TV would be cool too.
My budget is $1000 but I'm guessing I won't need to spend that much on a non-gaming rig. I just want to make sure I can handle Vista's bells and whistles and still hum along at a good clip. (Would I want a DX10 capable video card?)
Any suggestions would be a huge help. My GeForce2 and Athlon Classic knowledge is lost in this multi-core world.
Although your not gaming with the machine when choosing a video card something to consider is AVIVO vs. Purevideo. Take a look at this http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2551 I don't know how important video playback is to you but you did mention running a TV off your system so you might want to consider a quality video card that would give you good quality video playback. And if you have a HD screen there is AVIVO HD and Purevideo HD to consider.
Haha all you people trying to scare others from using Vista. I don't get what all the complaints are about. Pretty much all the issues that arise are hard ware or driver and that's all the manufactures faults. Almost everyone supports vista now, so its really no big deal.
I've been using it since beta and have no complaints. It's worked great since day one. I upgraded to Vista 64 after that and have had 0 problems.
...because some of the people want to USE their software, not look at the windows flip....and on that note, it's still iffy. Buy Xp pro too since your getting vista so cheap, then if it sucks, you can go xp, if not you can mail me the XP disk and we'll call it good