I will probably be building my next system after Christmas.
I am thinking about:
a Nforce 2 motherboard (I see the Asus is available)
512 meg to 1 gig RAM
I already have the rest of the components.
My questions are:
1. What RAM should I get?
2. What video card?, I am not a gamer, and will be doing alot of video, watching, ripping, etc.
3. What Intel system, cpu, motherboard, and RAM would be comparable, in terms of performance, with the above system? And how much would it cost.
in the video department i can't help you, i think matrox is the way to look
a comparable intel sytem would be a pIV 2.8 with the soon to be released Sis 655, VIA P4X600 or intel Granite bay chipset they will all support dual DDR providing a bandwidth of 4.2GB minimum for optimal support of the 533fsb of the PIV processors, these boards will enter the market the next 2 months and are definetly worth looking at as an altenative to the amd Nforce 2 combination and will perform a little bit better for haevy video applicantions because of the higher memory bandwidth
the choice is yours
as for memory choose Cas 2 DDR 333 in the amount you want, note that you will need 2 identical memory modules for dual ddr to work
I agree with wschuerm. That is, it would be better to go with Intel in this case. A SiS 655 chipset motherboard equipped with a 2.66GHz Intel Pentium4 and two DDR333 Cas 2.0 memory modules would be very hard to beat. And through some simple Front-Side-Bus (FSB) overclocking, well, how does a 3.2GHz Pentium4 sound?