Hi, this is an exiting time for me.
I am finally replacing my old trusted 6 years old computer. Currently I am running a XP2500+ @ 3200+ on an Asus A7N8X-X motherboard. GEForce 6600, 2G of RAM, 256G HD with Vista Home premium. Useless to say the system is quite sluggish.
I don’t do gaming and I will be using the system for browsing, photo editing and organising with Photoshop Element 6. I have over 40 Geg of family pictures on my hard drive. My goal it to get a lightning fast PC that I will be able to upgrade and keep running at a reasonable level for at least 5 years. I will be using my existing 19 in LCD for now and I also plan on hooking up the PC to my 42 in HD Plasma TV via a HDMI cable. I am going for an Intel processor this time because of the performance advantage. So here are the components I plan on getting:
Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB DDR2 PCI-E 2XDVI-I TV-OUT DIRECTX10.1 Lite Retail Video Card http://www.ncix.com/products/i...L&manufacture=SAPPHIRE
$94.00 Inexpensive, should be good for playing HD DVD movies once I get a Blue ray or HD
DVD drive. I might do very light gaming if any so this card should be OK.
Everything looks fine to me, there are couple things I would change, but it is just brand preference (IE: crucial memory and corsair PSU.) You may need to upgrade your graphics card in about 2 years though if that one becomes too slow, but upgrading that is not a big deal.
I have been reading about the new Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB and it looks like a very fast processor.
Reviewer have been able to overclock this thing to 4.4 GHz on air and it is cheaper then the Q6600 quad core.