I already have a nice case, power supply, and optical drives. Looking for something I can edit video with, run Windows 7, and serve video files over the network. I have no interest in running SLI or CrossFireX right now but it would be nice to have the capability. I thought it would be neat to have v3 USB and SATA too. I doubt I'll ever do any desktop gaming either.
The original four components are $699.96 on Newegg.com righ now. I am going to buy a copy of Win7 64bit Pro from Digital River for $65. I have $800 total, so after Win7 my budget is $735.
I use to be hardcore AMD. Then a friend bought a bunch of components for a customer and the customer backed out. I bought all the components cheap, which had a P4 HT CPU in it. I was really happy with it so I was just going to stick with Intel. But I'm not such a fan of all the anti competitive talk that is going on. Anyone have benchmark tests they can point me to?
I have always been a fan of Asus motherboards, eventually became a fan of Gigabyte motherboards too. But I had a string of Gigabyte motherboards die on me. I got them replaced under warranty but it kind of turned me off, so I would like to stick with Asus if possible.