I am building a new system. It's been about 4.5 years (a P4 system) since i have done this and see that things have changed a bit since then. This system will be used for gaming, photoshop, tiny bit of 3d studio max, minor video editing, and then just your general browsing wordprocessing stuff. so basically some of everything. so here is what i plan on getting:
Ok I think I have everything. There are a few things I am concerned about that maybe some of you can help me with.
RAM - i see most people are getting 2x1gb sticks to get 2 gigs or 4x1gb sticks to get 4 gigs. i would like to do 2x2gb to get 4 so that leaves me room to upgrade. is there a reason people are getting 1 gig sticks and not 2 gig sticks? also i see a lot of ram is being incompatible with the motherboard i chose, so i was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions, i see the aproved vendor list doesnt have much, and i havnt seen anyone using 2x2gb sticks. I have checked the asus forum and have not got much help there.
my budget is a max of $2000 with this. i already have a decent 19" widescreen samsung lcd monitor, which i plan to upgrade in the next year. I plan to do a little overclocking. I think im gonna go with windows xp 32bit, then installing vista 64 on a separate drive later in the future, probably after service pack 1. everything else i need to purchase. I guess i just want to see what people think of my choices and hoping to here some constructive critisism as i have not built a computer in over 4 years.
If you want the 4gb of memory you will definitely need the 64bit operating system. Most people get the 1gb sticks because they overclock better. 2x2gb is best for futureproofing and stability. 4x1gb sticks can get hot and take a little tweaking to get working perfectly.
From what I've seen, I can't recommend anything better for your system, you did a great job putting together some quality parts.
Thanks for your help. I plan on going with 4gb right away then when i get vista another 4gb to have 8. i know i will be short of 4 with a 32bit windows but i do want to future proof as much as possible other than going with ddr3.
I guess maybe i am a little confused about dual channel, i have never had a computer with the capability, my understanding is with dual channel you need 2 identical chips which work together. from what i understand is 1gb chips are easier to overclock then 2gb chips, i dont really plan on oc'ing my memory. i would prefer 2gb chips so i can max out at some point with 8gb. please let me know if i sound like i have no idea what i'm talking about.
the system above sounds good but i do want a killer system that fits in my budget. I do plan on playing games with high system requirements and would like to beable to buy some of these games in the future with this system. i spend at least 6hrs a day on my computer and want the best i can within my budget. My system may be overkill, but it will catch up with everything soon enough. Thanks for all of your input everyone.