I've put together a new computer build to replace the dinosaur I've been using for the last eight years. I'm pretty much out of the loop when it comes to computer technology, and would like to avoid making as many stupid (and costly) mistakes as possible. Thus, I've tried to stick closely to the forum's asking-for-new-build-advice guide. Here goes:
Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as possible.
Budget Range: < $1,200 before taxes
System Usage: photo editing, image editing, word processing, video editing, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Websites for Parts: ncix, memoryexpress
Location: Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Because the 8-year old (1.7Ghz, 1Gb RAM, GeForce 5500 AGP 256MB) desktop I currently have struggles to play Youtube videos, and generally runs like a geriatric snail.
Any thoughts, opinions, criticisms or suggestions are appreciated. I've browsed and searched through the forum to catch up on my eight years of computer technology neglect, but nothing beats a trained eye to give things a look over.
I'm especially curious about:
1. the motherboard and its two (2) SATA III. Some of the other motherboards I've looked at have four (4) SATA III, but I'm not sure whether I'd ever need that many.
2. the graphics card. Is it overkill, or will it come in handy when using graphics editing software? I'm not much of a gamer, but I do sometimes work with large image files.
3. a sound card. Do I need one or can I stick with whatever comes integrated on the motherboard?
I'd like to end up with something that will last me another eight years—the last few maybe at a crawl. Is that wishful thinking?
RexdogHD: Thanks for the heads up. It's certainly a great price. Unfortunately, it's not available at newegg.ca (our price is $159.99) and newegg.com doesn't seem to want to ship all the way up here.
boulbox: Thank you very much for the suggested build. It's quite a bit cheaper than mine, and I'm liking the motherboard and especially the case. Is the difference between 8GB and 16GB of RAM so small that it doesn't make sense to go for 16GB? And the difference between 1600Mhz and 1866Mhz RAM?