I apologize for jumping right in and asking for advice instead of first introducing myself on this board. I have been reading several of the threads and really value the advice of members here. I need a computer that has lots of RAM and lasts a long time (My current PC is a Pentium 4 CPU 1.60 GHz with 256 MB RAM – so I know everything now will be faster, but not sure just how much RAM etc. I need).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Cyber Monday if possible or within next couple of weeks
BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: $800-$1500) After Rebates – I am willing to pay more now for it to last longer
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I create graphic intensive photo books using large formatted photos – up to 20 pics per page, photo editing – including RAW photo formats, Family Genealogy (Family Tree Maker 2009), surfing the internet including online trading, track finances, learn foreign language, possible learn piano through MIDI keyboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com or newegg.com (not really familiar with this site, but see a lot of references to it), COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
Please provide an advice or suggestions on these components (and if I missed anything):
I am thinking if u have the funds why not go LGA 1366/i7? If u ever need more processing power the i9 chip is a straight drop in .... Your PSU + Case is way overkill for me hehe and could easily be channeled to an i7/1366 set up IMO
I chose i5 over i7 after reading a lot of boards that said the the extra price wasn't really worth it for i7. I also chose it because the sample builds by use on this forum emphasized the i5 and said the i7 was for the gamers who plan to upgrade to i9 right away. Whatever I build now I plan to use for several years.
Anyone else have any advice on my build specs? I am willing to go to i7 if that is better for memory-intensive applications. I would really appreciate more feed back. If people think that's the way to go, what mobo do you recommend?
Everyone says a different CPU - no wonder there are so many posts on these boards with people being confused. I guess I will need to keep thinking on that one and try to figure out which is the best for memory intensive applications. I do like the idea of a SSD for my OS. Any suggestions on a good SSD?