We're planning to build a machine for, among other things, website maintenance, audio and video archiving, light video editing, and graphic design work. The heaviest load on the graphics might be Photoshop or video editing. No games. We also want to install the plusdeck to archive cassettes (needs a serial port). We were trying to keep the price below $500, then raised it to $650. But we've exceeded that too. Your advice greatly appreciated.
Looking at the THG cpu charts, an e8400 performs about 33% faster than the AMD 5000 on the Adobe benchmark and about 20% faster on the Pinnacle and Premier video editing one. (Surprisingly, the e8400 beats both the Q6600 and Q6700 of both of the former benchmarks, but loses by about 30% on the Premier benchmark.) Is that kind of time saving worth the extra $100 for the faster processor? You could get an Intel based mobo for about $20 less than you show above for the AMD board - so would still need another $80.
cd/dvd burner: we wanted the Plextor, thinking it would last longer and be more reliable than a cheaper one. We'll have to burn cds regularly.
Vista: I'm not yet ready for that. One important piece of software we use won't run on Vista. Needs lots of tweaking, I gather, to run fast.
64-bit: know nothing about it. Don't you need specially designed programs to run on it? Or will it run anything that 32-bit can run? I heard that drivers are a problem; can we get a driver for the plusdeck that will run on 64-bit?
Quad-core: yeh, don't know if our budget can manage it. I think the motherboard can accept a quad-core too; so in future we could upgrade. We don't plan to do heavy video editing (though of course the more one gets into it, the heavier it gets...)
Thanks for catching that one--both 780G motherboards have onboard video.
As for the 64bit, "everything" should run on it. But in some case I have seen some obscure program only running in a 32bit environement. Your best bet would to ask the software/hardware vendor you buy from if they support 64bit. But nearly 99% of the things can work in a 64bit OS now.
And +1 for rockyjohn for mentionning the Antec Sonata III with the 500w psu. I used it in a build for my friend and it works like a charm.
Off-topic @ inspector: Yes it is the Apevia X-Cruiser with the Apevia Iceberg (green) as a power supply Pretty neat in the dark ^^
Most but not all software will run in 64-bit version. And older versions are less likely to work. I wanted to go 64 bit to support more memory but did not because one key application - Dragon Natural Speaking voice recognition software - did not support it and have not reported if and when they will.
You should check each application you have to see if it works in 64 bit or if there is an upgrade to make it work. Also, you need to make sure that hardware works with it - most current will but for some older hardware they might not have upgraded the requisite drivers.