I am trying to build my first comp and I can't really decide on anything. My budget is around 1500, which includes monitor, printer, a router, and any other accesories. The one I have right now is from 2000 and is really starting to bug me. Mainly what I want it for is programing in visual studio, working with flash, maya, and photoshop (and alot of time i'll have all three of those open which makes my current comp lag like ****). I do a bit of gaming but nothing high end so I just want to get something that will be fine for graphics and programing and some gaming, and will last me a while and something that I can upgrade. I've been doing reaserch but can't find alot of the stuff I want, I don't know much about many of the numbers dealing with the specs so its a bit hard ><. Yea thats a really long intro but whatever.
First I'm trying to pick out a motherboard. AMD seems to be a better brand than intel for alittle bit more money (the Intel Pentium D 3.0 ghz would run me around 250, where the AMD athlong 64 x2 2.8 ghz would run me around 300). Those prices are give or take maybe 50 dollars since there seem to be alot of variations in those chips. Ok but I was sort of leaning towards Intel pentium D just becuase of this motherboard:
For the AMD mother boards I can find the medium quality ones that most store bought comps have, and then I can find the server quality ones (I'm searching for all socket 939 mobo's socket 940 dosen't seem to be good).
After I get this picked out I'm goign to reaserch the actual procesers in more detail. And I realize this was a really long way to say "Are there any good AMD motherboards that are around the same qualty as this one", but I guess I just like to talk alot.