Approximate Purchase Date: This fall; in the next 1-2 months.
Budget Range: $500-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Photoshop (CS4 or better), (HD) video transcoding, watching HD media, web browsing, MS Office, Ableton Live and/or Traktor, VMware, occasional gaming.
Parts Not Required: 23 inch "1080p" monitor with DVI, keyboard, mouse, possibly a "secondary" hard drive (I have a 1TB SATA hd in a usb enclosure with some back-ups, might transfer it into the next case)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but open to any reputable retailer
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs (can go AMD in some cases), nVidia gfx cards
Overclocking: Maybe, but not a priority
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not a priority
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (current max of owned monitor) and up
Additional Comments: My current primary machine is a 4 year old laptop (AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, ATI Radeon Xpress 1150, Win 7 x86) out of which I have been squeezing the best of my time in college, but alas this laptop is starting to fail in various ways and I am starting to feel the ceiling of what this machine can do for me. Below are some other criteria I have for the machine that didn't fit into questions above.
* Most of the initial spending should be allocated to components I would keep the longest: CPU, motherboard, 2+ GB RAM, PSU, case. I want this built to be a more basic PC at first that I can slowly upgrade over the next couple of years. I would like these core parts to be from more reputable manufacturers (mostly concerns motherboard and RAM, I think).
* I don't want a huge case with lots of cheesy lights. I would like a smaller desktop with a minimal design. I am a big fan of this Dell Optiplex case design and generally like a black matte finish.
A few questions:
1. What are the pros and cons of an AMD processor? It looks like the 1055T plays pretty close to some i7s in terms of performance for way less, so I am wondering if there are any trade-offs or things to keep in mind. Also, I assume I can upgrade to 1090T if I wish.
2. Besides the combo deal, any other reason for this motherboard? My main concerns are the the on-board audio and the fact that it doesn't support SLI (if I ever decided to use it). Are there motherboards that do AMD CPUs and SLI? More importantly, is there there a better option for a motherboard?
3. Both of those cases look kind of tacky to me, sorry :[. Any other ideas? Also, I don't need an OS.
For occasional gaming rather then settle for a lower end GPU and splash on mobo which never see its features remotely utilised the better choice is just a better GPU say like the GTX 460 and a no frills mobo ^^ HD 6k and the Nvidia riposte incoming does not make CF/SLI sound like a good idea ...not that i ever advocate multi GPU set ups for the most part hehe
So starting with the mid end of that budget range:
$673AR with 2 free games in ^^