APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next couple months BUDGET RANGE: $500-$800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing, Photo editing, watching movies/videos
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tiger Direct, suggestions welcomed COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences just reliable
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It's been a long time since I've looked into a new machine and things have changed dramaticly. The last pc I had was a Dell and I don't want to go that rought again. What I really need is sumthing that won't be obsolete within a year or 2 and can be upgraded if needed. I'm abit wet behind the ears when it comes to this stuff so the more suggestions the better. In the mean time I'll be doing research and learning what all this new stuff is.
Oh well on the lower end of that budget spectrum and since no gaming perhaps some cheap 785G chipset with onboard HD4200 video but with 3 PCIex16 lanes, a dependable PSU and a great casing that offers outstanding airflow/ventilation for the $$ would be flexible hehe
thanks for the prompt feedback ppl. But heres a question that might clear up alot of confusion with me. How do I know what is compatible with what? I mean I could never come up with a list of items like that. lol
It just takes some research. You have to ensure the CPU is compatible with the motherboard. You also have to make sure the RAM is compatible with the CPU and motherboard. The above build is all compatible. We can tweak it if you would like.
You said you don't need an OS. What OS are you planning on using? I recommend 64-bit Windows 7 to take full advantage of the system. You could get this OS + DVD burner combo:
I've recently been running Ubuntu 9.04 and so far I prefer it to any windows OS I've used. Now I may consider dual booting but not with Windows 7 yet. Perhaps in about a year after microsoft has worked out any bugs that it might have. If it's not to much trouble could sumone post up sum links that explain compatibility of parts and what the heck all the complicated descriptions mean. I don't mean to be difficult but I don't want to waste a bunch of time researching stuff I won't need. Like whats the difference between AMD and Intel other than the name? for this new machine I'll be handling alot of photos and editing them as well. So storage and rendering is important.