Hey guys, I just joined this forum. I'm seeing your advice for my new PC build. I've build one PC back in 2007, it was an Intel nVidia build. This time, I looking to go with AMD because what you get for what you pay is such a better deal over Intel.
Uses: I'm pretty much on my computer from the time I get home from school to the time I go to bed, a little no life, I know. I always have iTunes running when I'm using Firefox and AIM. Sometimes I'll also have Skype open. I also do a little video editing with Sony Vegas and editing in Photoshop.
I'm planning on going with an AMD quad core.
I'm thinking of going with Windows 7 32bit because of the compatibility issues with 64 bit with some programs.
I'm looking to go with a Gigabyte board. Granted, my old build was a Gigabyte and it just died on me, but their technical support is great. If there is another board with a better deal, and it's a different brand, I'm fine with that.
Questions I Have:
Is 64 bit really worth it, and does this mean I should get 2GB or 4GB of RAM?
My apologies, I now that see that my original post wasn't very informative. I don't need a hard drive or case. I have a Corsair HX520W PSU from 2007, should I buy a new one or keep it? Also, I game occasionally, but nothing hardcore and it doesn't need to be the latest and greatest.
tecmo - Sony Vegas is heavy video editing, especially when you have three different video tracks and you need to preview them simultaneously. Also, I would like to have SATA 6 GB/s and USB 3.0 on my new board.
niklas - I don't think my monitor goes above 1280x1024, but I might upgrade in the future.
Thanks a bunch. Should I reuse my 8800 GT or get a new video card?
At your resolution, the 8800 GT is plenty strong enough. This will save you initial money upfront. Next, you can drop down to Win7 Home 64-bit if need be.
After you buy your system upgrade, I would look to save more money up and upgrade your monitor to a 1920x1080 monitor and purchase an ATI 5770 or higher GPU, this will give you a very nice well rounded system.
I'd like to see what Gigabyte has. The thing is, they don't have any combo deals like ASUS, at least I don't think. Also, should I go with this instead? What does it mean when it says, "Compatible with Dual Channel Intel Core i5 CPU for P55 chipset motherboard, Dual Channel Core i7 CPU for P55 chipset motherboard, and AMD AM3 Platform."?
I'm surprised the 880G chipset one doesn't say if it has those two things because the 8XX line of chipset stuff should. But it's so new that it isn't even on gigabyte's site so it might have USB3.0 and SATAIII.