I have built my last two systems. The last one built in 12/2007, (that I currently use) was a MSI K9N SLI Platinum NVIDIA Socket AM2 ATX Motherboard with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Processor 2.80GHz and Crucial 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory x 2.
I need to build a new one. But I only have $500.00 total budget. Any recommendations?
I already have some SATA hard drives and SATA dvd drives. I also have in my current setup a PCI Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Pro and a Sapphire Radeon video card.
What do you recommend I use my $500.00 budget on? Any and all recommendations are welcome!
No. The 3570k is the best; the 2105 and trinity are similar, but trinity by amd has better onboard graphics. The first option gives you an ok board and cpu, with an outstanding video card. A 21% discount is pretty good; the quality is ok, and new hardrive is included. I chose the 3570k for the second option as it's resale value is outstanding and the Intel HD 4000 graphics are better than Intels slightly cheaper quad cores. The third option is amd's latest trinity cpus, which are more than adequate for anything that you will use your system for. The antec case and power supply are far better than some cheap no name brand power supplies.
The general rule of thumb seems to be Intel is better for processing (faster CPUs) but AMD is better for gaming/graphics. Since you are doing video editing and ripping, that would seem to argue for Intel.
Here is a core i3 build that gets you an SSD for your operating system for $450 total. You could ditch the SSD if you need to purchase Windows and stay under $500.
You'd lose a little, but I've never tried Intel's newer onboard graphics, only the 2000, which I didn't like. The 3d option was limited in an old golf game I play, so I got a 210 video card with fanless heatsink for 27 cents after rebate at frys. It works for me. Basically, all the options I gave you would do what you need. You can spend a little more on the cpu, motherboard, or video card. Even the shellshocker special that ran yesterday would have been adequate, and given you alot of room for a decent video card.