Okay....looks like I'm going to come into a bit of cash soon, and after 3 years, its time to retire my P4 3.06 system with full honours. I'll be salvaging much of the components out of it.
So here's the thing...I'm savvy enough to build a system from scratch, but I'd prefer to have the basics done by a store. (Someone to yell at if it goes wrong :) and I've been keeping up on the current new hardware. Ordinarily, the first obvious question would be: "What will it be used for?" For me, this is very tricky - I'm split right down the middle on that. I guess I could be considered a hardcore gamer (Halo, Doom 3, Quake 4, etc) and with games I want to see screaming FPS and incredible graphics. So, I could make a gaming rig. On the other hand, I also do web/graphic design, animations with 3D Max, and heavily into Photoshop (which is resource/RAM intensive), so I should build a graphics rig, right?
Well, I'm trying to find the balance between the two.
For example, should I be still looking at AMD's FX 60, Asus A8N SLI Deluxe mobo, nVidia 7800/7900 GTX side-by-side with a SLI setup and whack of RAM, etc? But will it have the application power?
Or, would I be better off making a quad core monster I can build on like a Tyan Thunder mobo with Dual Opterons? But will it have the gaming power? (imagine approx CPU of 11.8 Ghz!!)
Anyone have any suggestions?
Just have some points to throw around. Winning answer will be the one that clearly defines what/why in a system.