It is been a long time since I’ve participated in computer forums or worked on a computer, and I’m rusty. Below are my specs for my current computer that I built from scratch in the spring of 2006. Pretty fast machine for the day, and it still runs fine.
DFI LanParty nF4 Ultra-D
AMD x2 3800+
2gb OCZ Dual-Channel Platinum
OCZ Powerstream 520
WD Raptor 36gb 10,000 RMP
WD Caviar SE 250gb 16mb Cache
EVGA Geforce 7300GS 256mb
Antec Solution SL3000-B Case
I am starting to see the need to upgrade to a Win 7 machine. I looked at Dell in lieu of upgrading, but the options leave a lot to be desired, tho for the price, I could use it while I rebuild.
It’s been so long since I’ve done anything with a computer that it will be almost like starting from scratch. I am still running XP SP3. I guess I’m wondering if there is anything besides my case that I can still use? It would be nice if I could still use the Power unit, but I’m guessing that might have to go also.
I’ve done no research yet, tho I know I want to use an SSD drive for the OS and programs. I’ll probably keep my existing data drives. I guess the first two things I need to research would be a motherboard and processor.
I don’t keep music on my computer. Probably the most memory taxing thing I will be doing is video editing. I do a lot with Photoshop, but my current build handles Photoshop just fine. I do not play games of any kind. I’d like to keep costs reasonable, tho reasonable means different things to different people. I don’t want to cheap out on anything. I want components that will run for years.
Processor... AMD or Intel? Would a normal user even notice a difference? I’ve been real happy with my current AMD processor.
Motherboard... I know things have change a lot, but I do want a very reputable brand that will work for years.
Any help in getting me started would be appreciated.