Advice for a new build looking to the future
I'm going to be building a new computer this summer. I am looking to spend around $1000 to do it, hopefully not to much over that.
So far I'm definitely going with DDR2 since its going to be the new line, and hopefully will leave room for upgrades in the future. I realize I can get faster DDR400 for the same price, but a mobo with ddr400 wont last me very long.
I am going to just go with a 32bit OS untill Vista comes out (and causes me to get a dx10 graphics card and probably a physics chip and 8gigs of ram).
I am probably going to go with a nvidia7900gt unless someone has a fairly convincing argument for ATI, which I havent seen yet on this forum. Which will be pci-e16 but I figure I might as well get a SLI capable mobo just incase I cave in and get another card.
The main problem I'm having is getting my mind around dual core. I mean I dont do a lot of multi tasking while gaming. After reading extensively about the processors out there I've come across vague arguments for both sides. I figure a faster single processor would be best for a game, but a lot of people recommend the dual cores.
For the sake of life span I am probably going with an AM2 socket, or I could wait for the new cheaper lintels to come out in July because I dont see any point in getting a 939 amd if they are going to be phased out.
So my main question is which processor to go with, I would like to keep my price around $400 so I'm thinking:
AMD x64 3800+ ish (AM2)
AMD x64 X2 4200 ish (AM2)
INTEL PD 940ish
I think those are all in my range, and support DDR2, but they all have different cache sizes witch is a little irritating. I mean it seems that the AM2 processors dropped from 1m or 2m caches on the 939 socket to around 512 on the AM2 socket. Having zero experience with high end AMD processors I dont know how much that has an effect on it.
So... would it be better to get a 512 cache AMD 4200 or a 1m 3800 (both x64 X2's)?
I'm really just building this computer for gaming and school work. I basically want to play Darkfall online without hardware lag and hopefully be able to run Vista.
Any advice would be much appreciated I'm having a hard time getting my mind around the small things in these midrange processors.
P.S. Does it still matter what mobo you get brand wise? A few years ago when I was building computers I was having some mobo/cpu combo's that were more compatible than others.