[QUOTE=debro;2558887]Firstly, nvidia only made soundcards as part of older chipsets on motherboards - about 5-8years ago methinks. Nvidia only makes Video cards and chipsets.
Arcgis will run satisfactorily on practically every modern CPU available on the market (except atom & low power chips) - Solved.
Gaming - depends mostly on Video card. A fast Dual core will easily out-perform a lower clocked tri/quad/hex core cpu (and they generally are clocked much lower). Sound output is also a consideration. Are you outputting via HDMI with 7.1 digital sound? or do you just want standard Stereo? or 5.1 analogue? optical out?
First of all … what country are you in?
In the USA $3K will get you a top of the range gaming machine.
In Oz, it’ll get you a mid range gaming machine.
In Vietnam, you’d be lucky to get a low-end dell netbook
Seriously though, buy yourself a pair of 24" LCD monitors, a decent Video card, a decent 64-128GB SSD with a separate 1-2TB HDD for storage.
From there, you can start with the real decisions -
What manufacturer & model of CPU - gaming / Arcgis really only need a fast dual core CPU. Hardcore video conversions might warrant a quad/hex cores if you do it often while using your PC for other things.
Which video card - how much do you want to spend? What features do you want? Dual DVI - HDMI output? VGA/DSUB output? TV Input/output?
Which Motherboard (depends on your choice of CPU) - what features do you want on your motherboard? SLI video cards, extra SLI slots, USB3, how many SATA ports, Sound Chip, chipset performance & etc.
RAM - Depends on how much performance you need (gaming), and how much you want to spend.
Cases - depends on video card & CPU you choose, and how many drive bays you want, whether you want it for great ventilation or silent operation? What ports do you want, how big do you want the case?
Power Supply - depends on video cards & CPU you choose.
Optical Drive - Bluray or DVD writer?
Keyboard / Mouse / Speakers/etc,[/QUOTE]
I am located in the US. I think I want to stick with Intel for CPU, just don’t know which one would be best for me, obviously everyone wants one that will provide optimal performance. I’m reading that the AMD processors have better future upgradability. Is that true?
I understand that a fast dual core would be better for what is currently on the market and quad/hex cores are only needed for professional work (like video editing and such which I don’t do) but would it be better to invest in a quad core now based on the future of computers or is it just a waste of money?
As for sound…I currently have 5.1 surround sound system, but if I would consider upgrading to 7.1 if it fits my budget. I know that a lot of the other components may depend on this, so I’ll say yes I’ll upgrade to 7.1
Video card…I’m willing to put a lot into the video card. Don’t understand the difference between running 2x mediocre cards vs 1x top of the line card. Was looking at the GTX580 but again not sure if multiple cards are better. I want to go with Dual DVI - HDMI output…don’t need TV input/output.
I guess I can’t decide on mobo…case and power yet until I figure out the CPU dilemma. Any advise is appreciated.
RAM…I read that DDR3 2000 MHz Ram and higher is having stability issues…so I guess 6GB at 1800 or 1866 would suffice for now? RAM is so cheap now anyway so I upgrade all the time.
No blue ray drive…just CD/DVD.
No keyboard or mouse is needed.
As for monitor…I need one that will support DSUB and DVI -HDMI as I will still have my other PC hooked up on a switch. I was considering the ASUS VW246H.