I am not sure which Forum to place this post at,so I will start here in motherboards. Maybe an administrator could find a home for the correct Forum.
I am using what I consider an archaic Compaq AMD 1.2 CPU, with 256 Ram,WinXP.
I use Photoshop and recently been working with huge image files that take extremely long amounts of time to work with because the lack of memory or CPU. I don’t have the MULA to spend $2,000 and upwards rebuilding a “super computer”,but I realize I have to spend some MULA on a faster, more dependent, updated system.
As far as the graphic software I use now,and wanting to purchase a solid video editing program in my next puter, I am a little perplexed on what to get.
Onboard Video? ,Onboard Audio?..AMD or Intel CPU, what Chipset to get, MOBO - ABIT, or ASUS ( I had so many problems with my last ECS Elite Mobo, I’m am NEVER going to repeat that mistake again…crashed only after two years.
*What my goal is to get a big HD and maybe partition it for one, my Photoshop,Video work and then secondly, for the regular programs,documents. 500 - 750 Hard Drive. SATA or PATA, whatever is recommended.
Faster CPU and more memory DDR2, at least 2 giggys.
Either a good AGP or onboard grafix card, and 7.1 onboard Audio or a better PCI sound card.
A new case with USB inputs on front to fit this Mobo. ATX mid or full tower???
A new PSU (Power supply unit) to handle the new CPU and Mobo. I have a 300W presently…not big enough.
A good,dependable Motherboard (mobo)… PCI express or not.
Heatsink Fan for both the hard drive and the CPU, as well as a case fan?
As you can see, I am totally at your mercy with any ideas or experience for a new rebuild from your likes and dislikes on what to get and what NOT to get.
Is there a site that could walk me through the installation process of the Power supply, MoBo, and hard drive,and maybe the order of the hardware as far as CD-RW drives? I can handle the OS. Thank you!