I almost have all the pieces to start my new build. Here's what I have so far;
Antec Sonota III Case w/500W PSU
Hitachi Deckstar 320GB HDD
4GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2-800
Microsoft Windows Vista Premium
I am probably going to go with the E8200. The last thing that I need is to choose is a video card. I'm not a gamer, but am looking to get a card that will run Vista Premium without a problem, and also be suitable for photo editing, video streaming and future digital home applications (HDTV,etc). I would like to keep this in around the $100 mark since I'm not gaming. Is this possible? What would you recommend? I've read the articles on video cards on Tom's and Sharky. They list the GF7600GT,GF8600GT,Radeon HD2600XT as best around $100.
The Radeon HD 3650 512MB is the best video card for your needs, it has the Dedicated unified video decoder (UVD) to help reduce the cpu load when playing HD videos. The 3650 also uses less power than the 2600xt because of the 55nm fabrication process