I'm going to put together a new rig, but want some opinions. I have a $1500 budget. Since you all are much more knowledgeable on the parts, can you guys build a sample rig and we can take suggestions and tweak from there?
Mostly be used for some video editing (Sony Vegas Studio), but major photo editing (Corel Paint Shop Pro XI). Games are not a top priority and most aren't even that intense so if we can save some $$ there and put it to use in other parts that'd be great. Already have a DVD burner and monitor, but if there's extra room in the budget, a new widescreen monitor would be great.
Thanks for the suggestions. A few more q's for you. Do you think it's worth getting Vista x64 or just Vista x86 in terms of compatibility ( heard drivers were a problem)? I might be getting the 4GB . I've heard a few complaints about the Asus, can you tell me why you would go for the Asus over the Gigabyte?
You think the X1950 Pro would be better than 8600GT? I really don't need DX10 I don't think. Right now I got an 80GB HDD and it's almost full. About 20GB is photos and about 100GB is video (which is stored on an external). Any suggestion of a good solid HDD?
One last quick question... I don't plan to OC so will any extra CPU accessories (CPU cooler) be just overkill? Since I'm a first-timer, do I need anything like thermal paste or is it included with the proc? Thanks.