Just wanted to say "hi" and see what you guys think about doing another system upgrade. Not new at all to computers..I started out with an old Packard Bell 386sx 12Mhz with 4 megs or ram and a 20MB hard drive with Dos 3.3, that's how far back I go....it sucked... trying to squeeze the 640k base memory for all its worth and optimizing drivers just to play Ultima 7.5 or Running Win 95 on it.
I'm on my 4th computer since then...started out building a Pentium 150mmx, then a Pentium II 300, then a AMD K6-2 450Mhz, and now currently have a Athlon XP 1700+ ( current specs in my signature) using the case and 230 Watt power supply used for my AMD K6-2. Yeah I know....need better power supply. What's funnier... I just finally upgraded from Win 98 to XP...god what a difference! I just like to wait I guess. Now that I'm not so much of a gamer after college it hasn't really mattered to get the latest hardware but now I found another reason(s) to build again.....Video Editing and burning VHS to DVD. So what should I go for? I would like to spend about 500 to 800 bucks and I already have a flat panel monitor that I like. It's going to be AMD because after my building my K6-2 I'll never go back.
Here's what I go so far
AMD Processor Athlon or Athlon 64 (leaning towards the 64)
Motherboard (I really like the Giga-byte or Asus Boards)
80 GB or 120GB harddrive
500 MG to 1.0GB DDR 400 Ram
Here's what I need help on:
1) Video Card...there's a new one out every day and I have no idea what to go for. I just know my Geforce 2 MMX 400 with 32 Megs or ram is sad.
2) Sound Card...I thought when I got my SB Live 5.1 X-Gamer that would be it...no more buying sound cards...I can't even tell sound cards apart anyway...so again leaning towards Audigy but how is it better than my SB Live 5.1...maybe less CPU usage??
3) Case...something black, cool looking, and under 100 bucks with power supply...what should I go for??
I have a 16X DVD burner and a video capture card and great speakers, and Win XP.
Sorry for the rant but with all the new stuff in the last few years and as much as I work...just can't keep up with all the tech
Thanks for your help in advance