Building First Computer - Progress and Help Log
I am new here, and new to the custom cumputer buliding process. I had a dell that lasted me for 7 years, and last week finaly took his last breath. I am quite suprised that it even lasted for that long, but I am not impressed with dell and do not want to get my new one from them. I realized that buidling your own is the way to go.
My knowledge about computers is limited, and I need to do a lot of reading and reasearch, and would love some help form you guys as well. I will treat this thread as a sort of progress log, where I can put all the info i gathered, plus getting help, suggestions and comments from this community.
My budget is revolving around 900$-1000$, and all i need is the computer, and maybe a monitor. (I realize the budget may change throught the process)
I will use this computer for gaming, and also for running a variety of design programs, such as AutoCAD, 3DMax, Photoshop, Google SketchUp, Revit Architecture and others.
From doing some initial research, I think I will probably need a QuadCore to acomplish the many multitasking that I will need (correct me if im wrong)
A good amount of RAM (4gigs?) will also be required, and a good video card.
Few questions I have off hand:
1) Motherboard - I absolutly have no idea about this.
2) I know the diff between Crossfire and Sli, but not sure which card to get, what is better these days, Nvidia or Radeon?
3) Cooler and Fans, done know how many, which ones and other things to consider.
I will be ordering from NewEgg.com
Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for the help.