OK I know I have asked a similar question before, but the old thread includes some prices that have gone up, and I am looking to buy this week.
My BIGGEST confusion lies in pairing a MOBO with CPU, so when I get onto these websites to build my own I get very lost LOL
Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $500 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking with Photoshop CS5 being the most intensive program I use and dual monitor setup. I also need a LOT of space (1TB minimum) as I am a photographer and use loads of LARGE files. If I could play a game or two on it from time to time that would be great. Is Diablo 3 out of the question at this price?
Parts Not Required: Don't need software, DVDRW, keyboard, mouse, monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer one that someone can buy a giftcard for and have me spend it.
Parts Preferences: I could REALLY use a memory card reader built in?
Overclocking: No /
SLI or Crossfire: No /
Monitor Resolution: My MAIN monitor is 1600x900 my secondary is 1440x900)
Additional Comments: I keep leaning towards these barebones with the AMD 6 core 1045t processors, but I am told I will get better results from even an i3 or an i5 than I will from this?
ALSO, here is the computer I am upgrading from... so perhaps you can give me an idea of how MUCH of a jump I am making in processing power AND see if I can reuse any parts? (DVDRW?)
Phenom X4 9150e on a MXP61PM-HM (nettle3) microATX MOBO
Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT
DVD+/-R/RW 16X 12X +/-DL LS 12x RAM SuperMulti SATA drive
15 in 1 Multimedia card reader (can I REuse this?)
300W Power supply... I think I actually upgraded this when I upgraded my Graphics card but I really can't remember
Pretty good for the price. I think that might even beat the comparable Intel CPUs. Normally I wouldn't let anyone use that PSU but maybe it'll be fine for your low power GPU. That card will probably run Diablo at medium settings.