Hello, my computer is old. That 1.8ghz single core amd with 2gb DDR just isn't doing it for me anymore. That was my first build in early 2005.
My aim is to have a computer that can handle video encoding, video editing, connecting to my 46" LCD (located next to my computer) for movies and possibly some light gaming. I've never had a computer capable of gaming so I will be building a computer capable of baseline gaming with future ability to upgrade if I need (but not looking at that now).
price range around $800 or less.
I plan on purchasing after christmas around new years or just after.
What I've got so far.
I've got a logitech keyboard and mouse, speakers, monitor (and the tv right there), antec 300 case, dvd writer.
Intel i5 760
(I've seen on sale at amazon.com for 180-185.)
is that enough ram? Other option is 3 x 2gb sticks
I like that mobo's options with USB 3.0, esata and coaxial audio is nice as that's open on my home theater receiver although I can use a switcher for optical if needed or just use my computer speakers.
Individual 7200 rpm hard drives are maxed out at 60-70 MB/sec sustained throughput anyway; the ability to transmit data via SATA at even 3 or 6 Ghz wont much matter either way... ; since 7200 rpm SATA drives of nice capacity are fairly cheap these days, a pair of identical drives in RAID 0 gives a noticeable speed boost.
Your big decision will be in video cards...; if your MB is SLI capable, I'd recommend a GTX570, adding a 2nd one when feasible for effortless gaming at 1080P w/high details. if budget is of concern, a pair of GTX460s also does very well for the money
so should I just get the 3.0gb/s drives? the price difference is negligible like 4-5 dollars.
Thoughts on different drives?
is raid 0 the best setup? It would be nice to have a way to backup my drive as I have tons of music on it and some video I wouldn't want to lose. IS that best to do internal (like a raid 1) or external drive with some backup program or windows backup running?
I believe that the 650W PSU might not be sufficient (well it is Antec so it could work) if resteasy you add a second GTX460... 700Wish would be safer, you don't want to have to change your PSU for another one 50W more powerful later on... Also if you are planning on doing large video editing and movie storage (HD movies?) you might have to add drives later on... although they consume small amounts of power it does add up...
But ScrewySqrl might know better than me, he's probably more experienced than me... (:
So, I just perused the article on Sandy Bridge Intel processors. Would it be wise for me to wait a bit on those?
Thoughts on one of them being better than the i5 760 (or if the 760 would drop significently enough in price?)
also would that still be compatible with this motherboard? Same socket.
Hmmm the 2500K (which is what it looks like I'd go for) says socket LGA1155.... OH not 1156. ha thanks I didn't notice that. Good thing I didn't buy the Mobo yet.
Next question would be do I wait on newer motherboards, or motherboard suggestions if I do get the new i5 2500k? Or if there even is a motherboard for the new socket out yet?
Also I thought there was issue for overclocking where it needs an integrated video card? Not sure if I'll overclock it but I know I won't have onboard video running and I may see need to later.
I guess I'm just not sure between the 2 brands or why either one would be better except an extra slot or 2. or is there more than that?
Or other suggestions are welcome. I hear EVGA is a good brand
I'd probably buy from newegg or amazon or tiger as well.
I don't live anywhere near a microcenter. My brother lives down the street from one... but he's on the other side of the country. So the thought of him buying one, taxes, shipping isn't an entertaining one.
Hopefully one of the other places will have a good price as well.
but I'm ok on that. It's the motherboard now I'm focused on and really not sure which to go with.