I am going to buy components to build a desktop, thinking of Core i3, Asus/Gigabyte mobo, and 4GB RAM. Limited budget ~$400.-
Usage is allround SOHO: Photoshop for photo editing, will learn Premier in a few months. Leisure time will listen/burn some CDs/DVDs, watching internet TV, e-mail,....but do little gaming.
However, in the second hand market there is a Dell Precision 670 with 2x Xeon 3.6GHz,4GB Registered ECC RAM, and Quadro 1300 PCIe display card. The whole machine is 2/3 of my budget. This monster eats 680W. I'm not sure whether I can shut down one xeon during my leisure to save some electric charges.
Could somebody give some recommendations please. Thank you!
AMD Phenom II X4
ASUS AM3 EVO
GSkill Ripjaws 2*2GB DDR3 1600
Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB
Cheap DVD RW
ATI 4350 (if no gaming or light gaming, ie CSS, HL2) else a
Any decent case (ie Antec 300,etc)
I can now get $100-200 more on my budget. That is totally $500-600. If I go for Core i3-530, what mother board do you recommend? Should I get one with USB 3.0? I'm going to use it for 3-5 years.
I want to overclock to about 4GHz, what brand of RAM is better for this use?
Just had to add my 2cents worth, the old server based machine will most
probably blow the newer desktop based machine to the weeds for throughput
(Actual large transfers of multiple files or data to and from anywhere to anywhere)
and will be infinitely more stable, if using the onboard SCSI raid controller in a nice striped array of some kind, then hd performance is phenomenal on these babies, not for gaming, but for everything else.
P.S. The machines power supply does not denote how much it actually uses, most server based systems use far less than the rated capacity.