SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Home PC for: 3D residential design (Chief Architect X1), home video editing, picture editing, surfing web, researching/multitasking - The 3D Design Program is the most important and this software requires a computer that is built for gaming. I design and build custom houses and was planning on taking on some design work that will be worked on at home in the evenings.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - due to vast choice of parts as well as service which is extremely important to me.
PARTS PREFERENCES: EVGA Motherboard due to reviews of customer service and great instructions provided for building.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not but the motherboard I picked out just happens to have everything that I want that I cannot find in a motherboard that is not SLI
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As I said above, this will be a home pc but actually a lot more - my current pc's at the house are becoming obsolete and it is time to replace them so I have finally talked my wife into purchasing another. I recently had a custom pc built by AVA Direct to use for my office (reference above what I do for a living) and was very pleased but I am want to try to tackle my own build - I have a friend of mine that does computer trouble shooting for a living so I have a little bit of a safety net but would like to choose good reliable parts so that the build can go as smoothly as possible.
My goal is to future proof my build as much as I can for my budget and thus my top design requirements are:
- Motherboard with support for DDR3
- Motherboard with support for PCI 2.0
- Large Monitor for Design Work (Very Important)
- Fast Processor
- Decent Graphics Card
- Large amount of Memory to utilize 64 Bit OS
I don't think the combo deal with Vista Ultimate is a good idea. You can download Windows 7 now, and it will go retail in October. It will actually be more compatible with old software than Vista, so I think it a better choice.
I also think you can build a system that is just as fast but will have an upgrade path if you go with AMD. LGA 775 is going away, AM3 is not.
In a few months the new mainstream platform will be released by Intel, and I'm sure we'll be using that for builds, but right now AMD makes a good choice.