I have gone through a lot of the builds here and I just need to make sure what I have planned will be compatible with each other and if not any suggestions.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 10-02-09
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing,Gaming (Halo),Excel & Publisher,Net surf
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Speaker system (left over from Dell 8400),Win-Xp Home OS,Monitor,ddr2 3gb(dell 8400)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg,Tigerdirect
OVERCLOCKING:not now perhaps later
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I would like a mobo that can run Win-xp and down the road vista 64bit,also need a 3.5 floppy internal. (I know the Power Supply is large but if down the road I may rebuild with a i7 then I would already have the power and case).
intel has a intel tax, AMD has good stuff for a ton less,
if you know about what you need and have money that can't be wasted then a phenomIIx4 should do, unless you are using major graphics apps, CAD and other more demanding apps, you will need an i7, if not a phenom is perfect for many people, including u.
Why are you only looking for intel? Is there a reason behind this?
Batuchka's parts list is stronger than your in every aspect while being cheaper, which surprised me because the pentium series isnt that expensive. Due to AMDs continuing price drops lately there is no reason to get an older line of processors from intel when you can get a superior build from AMD that will generate less heat. The only intel builds i suggest right now are i7s, there is no good reason to buy EOL parts unless you never plan to upgrade.
Since you're not buying till Oct, I'd wait for the prices to materialize for the i5s. While batuchkas is a great build and comes in under budget, you may be able to squeeze the i5 in there at the upper end of your budget. I'd watch the reviews and repost this the last week of Sept. A lot is going to happen between now and then. If you need a system sooner, you won't be disappointed with batuchks suggestion.
No reason behind the Intel . Since I am not familiar with ether intel or AMD. Do you know of any online help books or pages that explain more in detail about the two ?
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Intel vs AMD as a choice is program by program. Games and general use don't really favor one over the other, but the video editing program may. Search to see if there's any benchmarks for that program and then compare similar CPUs from both camps. If they perform similarly, then go with the most computer for the money and if its amd so you can get more GPU, then so be it. If its intel for editing performance and you give a little on the GPU, so be it. That choice is up to you. At least you're on track to become an informed consumer.
For video editing a quad will do much better than a dual core, and you can get a strong AMD quad for a lot cheaper than its intel equivalent, currently the i7 is the best for video editing because of its 8 logical cores, but since that is outside your price range an AMD 955 performs better than a Q9450 and the 945 just slightly worse on the video editing chat on this site http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-desktop-cpu-cha...
You will notice that all of the dual cores are way at the top of the chart. Check out the programs that you use and see if they havce a preference, we have reached the point where even if it does show a performance benefit for intel you can generally get a stronger AMD processor for less, the architectural preferences are more prevalent with graphics cards.
Man, there is nothing wrong with AMD. I've been using AMD exclusively in my builds since about 97-98, 0 problems due to processors. Get a good chip and decent board, no worries. Intel tax....I remember back in the day when I wanted a Pentium 2 400 mhz processor, no way to justify 200 bucks or whatever the price was back then. But down the street, Best Buy had the 450 mhz AMD K-6 2 for 100 bucks. Too good to pass up, never really wanted intel afterward.