I've been lurking around this website for about two weeks now. I've learned tons of new information and decided to join. Awesome site.
Please forgive my lack of knowledge in many areas. I understand most of the concepts here.
Here's my quest- My old system (Dell Pentium 4 with 160gig HD and 1g-ram, XP) is really showing it's age. I'm surprised it even boots up.
I've thought about just doing what most people (neophytes) do and go buy a new Windows-7 machine with all the bells and whistles.
For one, I can't bring myself to spend $500+ on a typical HP or Lenovo system. I like to tinker too much and want the ability to upgrade this time.
So here are a few questions: (I will not be Overclocking)
Plan on going with Intel... G620
. 4-8 gigs 1333 Ram. Windows 7 Motherboard?
I do not use my PC for gaming. So I'm not into the high-end GPU's etc... I would like to run Photoshop and have enough HP to run video (movies) and play music.
I like to have 2+ HDD's for future file storage. I'm open to lower-end GPU if that's what it takes... but right now, I'm looking for a cost effective Mother board.
USB 3.0 would be nice. On board graphics works too... as would a DVI connecter
I've seen some nice package deals (MOBO and CPU) and am wondering where to start? ASUS, Intel, Gigabyte...there's more than few options.
I love the idea of keeping everything cool. Maybe not 100% silent...but that's okay. What do you think? I don't want to go "cheap" and later regret it...
I just want a solid PC that can run a few graphics and allow me to process data. Sorry for the redundancy.
Love to hear your suggestions. Thank you!