Hi all. About 2 years ago I tried my hand at a new build for a home desktop, and it worked out pretty good-----with the one exception that the 64 bit version of Vista was a problem with the DVD drive and some software. But other than that it's been working very well. This forum was invaluable in helping me thought the selection process, and I return to the oracle for new input.
Since I didn't bungle that build, I would now like to replace my office desktop----but I'm sure many of these choices can be improved upon since 2008. Not being a big computer person, the major and obvious concern I have is that all the components are compatable. I suppose I have to get Windows 7, but wonder whether I should avoid the 64 bit version. The only special stuff I will be doing with this new system will be some video editing and some graphics for inspection reports. Nothing super heavy, though.
I'm not concerned about pinching pennies, but don't need the hottest system either. I Just need an up-to-date, reliable, capable system.
Oh, one other thing. The case was one my son had for his build (a gaming setup) about the same time---and his sucess is what inspired me to build my home desktop. Since we had essentially the same components I chose that case. But I wouldn't mind a more conservative look, I suppose, to fit my old school profile. Anyway,here what I ordered last time around:
Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB External Hard Drive ST307504FPA1E3-RK
Item #: N82E16822148255 $162.99
Thanks for the fast feedback. Using most of your suggestions, can you (or anyone) comment on how this looks now? The video card is out of stock (if that is the one you meant) so either have to get elsewhere or need another recomendation. Appreciate very much comments on compatability of these items. Build price at $1,400 with this setup, which is OK, but please advise on any item thought to be mismatched, overpriced, or whatever.
the Samsung is $20 off right now with Promo Code: EMCYSZW23
EDIT: I forgot to mention WHY these are better HDD's...basically...they're faster...check the "Charts" tab here at Tom's and you'll see what I mean.
If you're going to be doing video editing, check into the software package that you'll be using and see if there is a recommended graphics card...some software plays well with nVidia CUDA...if that were the case I would recommend going with an nVidia based card...otherwise the 5850 is fine.