Hi, I've been lurking here for a few weeks reading up on building a new PC. This will be my second build, the first one being an AMD Athlon 64 2800+ machine that I built in 2004. That machine is starting to bog down during routine tasks, and upgrading it doesn't make much sense given that the parts are now obsolete. Plus I'd like to upgrade to Windows 7.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-4 weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo editing/storage, video editing/storage, web publishing/browsing, office and finance applications, light gaming (I'm mostly a console gamer, shameful I know).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard & Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon... but don't care that much if the price is right
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: See below for proposed build
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, moderate SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: prefer for it to be serviceable for the next 5-7 years
This might be where I need the most advice. I multitask a lot while photo editing and such. Typical situation - using GIMP and Picasa simultaneously with a web browser open, listening to music on Itunes, along with AVG and all of the other background processes. For this reason I'm thinking four cores is better than two faster cores for my purposes. Am I right?
I'm selecting a board with onboard video to keep the cost down, and because I won't be doing any heavy duty gaming. I will probably want to run dual monitors sometime in the future, (and I think this board will do that?) Of course I can always add a video card or two later if needed.