Decided to build a PC, and would greatly appreciate advice and counsel. It will be a dual-monitor system (both HD) using Ubuntu 12.10. No gaming (I fear becoming addicted.). No overclocking (Am afraid I would break something.). Just want the fastest computer possible for web surfing, web-page design, watching HD content from the Internet on a 46" TV, and a little bit of audio and video editing.
1. Should I go with Intel or AMD?
2. I'm thinking a dual-core processor is sufficient, but will go with a four-core if advised to do so.
3. I don't understand how video cards work in conjunction with CPUs with onboard graphics. I assume I'll need a video card with two HDMI outputs to run the dual monitors. Should I therefore get a CPU that does not have onboard graphics?
4. Is 32GB of RAM sufficient to make the computer blazingly fast? Is there a particular attribute of RAM (1333, 1600 . . . ) that I should consider?
5. I've heard that two hard drives can be used in one computer. Is it possible to use a SSD and an HDD in the same machine?
1.Depends on your budget
2.If not gaming a dual core is fine but if you can fit a quad core into your budget i would.
3.The on board graphics is just where you hook your monitor onto your mobo. a10-5800k amd cpu seems to boast multi monitor support for up to 4 monitors using its eyefinity. But if you go intel you would need a discrete gpu for it.
4.32 gigs may be a bit over kill many get by easily with just 8 and some consider 16 over kill although with video and audio editing you may want to go with 32 gigs
5.yes you can.
I know you say you are unsure of getting a quad over the dual core but looking at your post it seems you would benefit the best from as many cores as you can get to help with the video and audio editing. So what is your max budget?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jPlB take a look and see what you think. $1461.50 and it can be adjusted here and there. I chose the i7-3770s for the hyper threading (which will help with the editing. I included windows 7 pro but if you still want to go with a linux you could take off about $128 from that build. You could go cheaper or more expensive depending on what you want. I did not include a monitor or keyboard or mouse as you did not say whether you needed them or not. But there is at least 1 build for you to consider.
The purpose of this build is to gain experience in assembling a computer. I want it to be, simply, a lightning fast machine for general use, and one that the components can be individually upgraded in the next two or three years.
Would appreciate comments on compatibility of theses components, and any suggestions for improvement.