My main usage is no longer gaming since I don't have the time. What I find myself doing mostly is using SolidWorks o9 + or PhotoShop + web surfing on a second monitor while listing to music or streaming NPR. I also have my HDtv connected to watch hd MX races that currently play in slow motion.
My current rig is;
athlon xp 2500 - Asus A78N delux - 2gb ram - All in Wonder Radeon 9800 - Klipsch 5.1. its been around for quite a while, and still working great except for laggy video and skippy music when multitasking. When I say I get my moneys worth, well you get the idea.
Anyways since my dads computer just died (not worth fixing) I figured I would just give him this one and build another. My goal is to spend the least $ and still be able to multi-task and not have laggy music. and watch the latest video. Thanks for your help!
I guess some of the questions I have are, do I need quad core processing or will dual core fit the bill for what I'm doing? Is DDR3 that much better then DDR2? and where I really need help is matching the best Mobo to the processor. I'm hoping since this isn't the latest greatest build some of you should have the bugs already worked out?