I'm looking to upgrade my 7 year old custom system. This thing cost $3,000 that long ago! Oh yeah baby 2.00 P4, ASUS, AGP, 1GB RAM, etc etc etc.
I'm only worried if my 7 year old power supply can handle it and has the right connections for parts these days. I can't see the make and model of the one I have but I can see "400W". I assume they've been the same for years so I don't know if I have older plugs, or if brand new power supplies use the exact same connections. Right now I have a 128mb AGP graphics card and 3 harddrives hooked up to it among the regular stuff.
Also I have a 3 year old graphics card laying around to use that is a PCI-E, so let me know if it'll work with the motherboard I'm about to mention.
I believe the only extra thing I'll need is an SATA cable for a laptop harddrive that I'll use for the OS.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: NOW!
BUDGET RANGE: $240 for Motherboard/CPU/RAM, can go to $300 if it makes sense
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Right now I have 9 tabs open in Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Digsby, & iTunes. I use Photoshop to automate edit 50-300 pictures at a time and it takes forever. I have monthly folders with hundreds of pictures and videos and it takes forever for the thumbnails to come up.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I will only need a Motherboard/CPU/RAM. I don't know much about power supplies. I can't see the make and model of the one I have but I can see 400W. I assume they've been the same for years so I don't know if I have older plugs, or if brand new power supplies use the exact same connections.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is what I know. Can buy from anywhere thats trusted.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: The United States of America
PARTS PREFERENCES: I try to never have sole allegiance to a company.
Your power supply will work fine... it wont have the correct 6pin connections for new-age graphics cards... but sounds like you're not concerned with that anyway.
Honestly, for $300 you can get something literally twice as powerful. Here's what I'd do - well worht the $300 bucks... and sounds like you could benefit from quad core with 4gb of ramming multitasking like that
Hahaha, First I liked the $160 Intel combo deal, Then the $219 Intel combo deal for it's upgradability.
I KNEW if I opened the gates to $300 you guys would push the limits!
That motherboard is intense and I think its reaching into being overkill for me. I don't need USB 3.0 or two graphics cards. Remember I'm upgrading from 7 year old Pentium IV on IDE drives and AGP graphics.
Your choice. If you think that Intel bundle will do what you need, then get it, it's your money. It will still be a good step up from what you have, although like we mentioned, it's not that great of a deal, even for that price.
PS, You said you need something to do photo work with, well then I would really, really, really be looking at a quad core if I were you.