In less then a month I will be upgrading my current system (specs below). My goal in this upgrade was to switch over to AMD and go dual core.
I have made the decision on the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562
I like this chip because it has a Manchester core (less transistors means more over clocking) and is priced very well.
Obliviously I will need a new motherboard; this is where I need some help. Ive been looking at the Asus A8N-SLi Premium (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131540
I've noticed that a lot of people who buy AMD Athlon 64 CPU's go with a DFI board. I looked at them and they do not have the AMD Athlon 64 X2 as a CPU type. I assume that this means the dual core chips will not work with that motherboard, but I want to be sure.
Video Card ->
I havent made a decision on this yet except for to decided that I will be going with an nvidia chipset. Ive been thinking of getting a 7800GT (after all they are priced about the same as a 6800GT). Is the nvidia 7 series as good as the 6? Should I go with the 6800GT instead? Since I will have the ability to run a SLi configuration I will probably buy the second card later (as a small upgrade). Is there a certain brand I should go with that will ensure that I can buy one card now and an identical card in 4-5 months?
Finally, what version of windows should I run with this setup. Does windows even support dual core? I am open to all recomendations for this build.