i'm on a budget... its very limited... now i'm in nz so its all $NZ. (at moment, NZ$1 = US$0.65)
my general purpose will be compiling vb.net programs, and a bit of web design - paintshop pro/photoshop, firefox browsing, msn messenger and office programs.
on the other side, i'm using sony vegas and avisynth for video editing nothing startling, and dvdlab pro, as well as CCE for mpeg2 encoding.
at the moment no games, but i wouldnt' mind being able to play doom3 and a few other nice fps.
i want to base my pc around the athlon64 3200+ venice core, 2x512MB ddr400 geil value ram (2.5-3-3-6), enermax 420W psu, and 1x160GB sata and 1x120pata (as in sig), in this case
i just need to decide on a mobo and graphics.
the first one is based on the C51 chipset and is this one:
it has all the features that i need, 4 sata2 ports, firewire, 8usb, 7.1 sound, and is silent, and i dont' need to buy a graphics card immediately, i can save up and get the 6600GT that i want (budget restraints can't go higher than 6600GT)
bad things are, that is got terrible reviews on newegg for being totally unreliable (at least 2 batches were anyhow), so i definitely don't want to have problems with it.
i mean, i still have to buy the os, (oem as its cheapest) so i dont' want to install on this mobo and find out its rubbish, and then M$ tells me i can't install it on another mobo.
Asus A8N-SLI mobo. Now the link i did have was for the deluxe version, i'm looking at just the standard one. But i will need a graphics card for this, i'm looking at the cheapest graphics card possible for this so that i can be up and running, then later on down the track get a much better one.
what do you reckon?