Newbie build, researched and still not a clue.
Ok here is what I will be doing on my computer. I will not be gaming or over clocking at all. I do a lot of surfing the web with multiple sites open at once. I download music, movies, and run office applications. I am just looking for a good computer that will outperform a store bought one. If I bought one from a store my budget would be $1200 with a monitor. I figure I can build a better computer for $800 and have the rest for a great monitor. I am not factoring in the keyboard, mouse, printer, or cables, separate budget. I posted this on another board and I got crucified for not picking out components.
I have researched, read, and gotten my hands on everything I can. The problem is that there are so many options out there that I am thoroughly confused as how to approach this. Like AMD have so many different processors.
I figure if I can get some good leads on a processor (sounds like AMD is the way to go, cheaper, better performance), motherboard, and video card (I am not gaming and could care less if my speaker sound is great, do I need one?). I figure once I have a good idea on how to shop for these I will be on my way. I do understand power supply, ram, cooling, etc.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am just a person looking for advice.