Hello everyone! My current desktop build is about 4.5 years old now and I'm looking to upgrade. Here is a list of items I have in my current desktop.
Case (large Antec ATX)
Power supply (Antec EarthWatts model EA-500D)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD drive (primary/Windows 7 64 bit drive)
Seagate 500GB HD (secondary drive)
Nvidia Quadro 600 video card (PCI express x16)
CPU fan if compatible (XIGMATEK HDT-SD964)
Motherboard (Asus P5K Pro)
CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz E8400)
RAM (4GB 4x1 Crucial Ballistic Tracer)
I think I'm too the point where I'm outgrowing 4GB of RAM. The price of DDR2 made me think about re-building vs trying to replace the 4GB with 8GB. I do some light CAD work and always have music playing plus multiple tabs open in Firefox. This is eating up my available RAM. I don't game at all.
A few questions:
Should I look at more than a two core processor?
Intel vs. AMD?
16GB vs 8GB of RAM?
I'd like to keep the cost down so I'm looking for "bang for the buck" items.