SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FSX, streaming internet video, editing and rendering HD video with Sony Vegas, surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor - Dell 2209WA, speakers, SB sound card, case - Rosewill R103A, DVD burners
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel, would like to possibly stick with ASUS for mobo, nvidia card for FSX
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Prob not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050,
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Using XP Pro for now.
This will be my first PC build in 8 years. I need a system that will run FSX smoothly, with the sliders as maxed out as I can get. I also will be editing home movies of my newborn with Sony Vegas. These will be shot with a Samsung consumer HD camcorder.
Over at the flight sim boards they seem to prefer Intel to AMD, but there are people who are completely satisfied with the AMD Phenom chips running FSX. I want to stick with nvidia, as most flight simmers agree that FSX runs much better than with ATI. There are also reports that FSX doesn't really benefit from a quad core CPU, but that's why I'm posting.
So, do I go Core Duo 8400/8500 or AMD Phenom X2 955 quad core? Both are about the same price. Will I benefit from quad core when rendering the HD files from the camcorder? Two possible newegg builds I have put together:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99