Thanks for the quick replys!
Ok..A little more info on my needs. I do not use computer games. I use Adobe Photoshop and Premier and Illustrator. I will be editing movies of tourists visiting here on vacation. I also edit TV shows, movies..etc. Also to be used for Video format conversions.
Other than that..I will use the new computer for ripping & burning.
My old computer will serve well for word processing and most other applications, as well as a great system to back-up data.
I now have 2 80GIG & 2 40GIG Hard Drives full of data that are not installed in a tower. I have been using my external box to back-up with Powerquest Drive Image.
It will be much more convenient to network the 2 computers. Speed is not important to me..as far as backing up.
Dee-ehn..after reading your very informative post comparing AMD & Intel, I think I will have to go with Intel for 2 reasons.
1) My use of many Adobe products.
2) Less of a chance of an overheating problem. I live in Mexico. Although it is always summer to me living here..the summer months here are extremely hot.
As I am FAR from being a hardware wizard, and I will have to bring back the components I buy as computer parts (due to import duties in Mexico), I will have to put the computer together here. There was mention in your article about heatsink being installed correctly. I do not feel confident enough with my lack of hardware expertise. I do not want to make a mistake, as I only visit Canada every year or so now.
Does anyone have any opinions of the newer Asus Motherboard products..or can I do better for my $$?
My old Asus 3B-F with 440BX 500Mhz computer has served me well. As said, bought in '99 and still running.
As far as the amount of money I feel comfortable spending..it would be $700 - $800USD
for a Motherboard, CPU, Soundcard, Videocard and other things I may have to put in the tower. Also a tower to house these items. We only have dial-up where I live..so a modem is not a concern. I have an external modem, therefore can move it to the new computer if I want to.
I already have another monitor, keyboard & mouse. Don't need to purchase those. I just want a new fast box of components.
I have never overclocked..so I don't know if I would do this, considering the hot climate here.
Considering, that I have been using this slow, old computer to do all the tasks including burning DVDs now (less than 2 weeks of owning the Plextor 708a) and using this computer to burn 100% (no coasters), anything will be an improvement..but seeing as I am going to buy a new system, I might as well buy something very fast.
Thanks in advance for any more advice & opinions anyone can provide.