Looking for advice on optimal motherboard and CPU for upgrade
Posted on 2006-04-07
I am not up on what the best in the market is, so hopefully someone who's an expert can guide me.
My goal. Super fast computer!! Here's what I currently have in my system
Soyo Dragon P41875 motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz hyperthread CPU
1 Gig Ram
2 WD SATA drives in RAID 0 for DATA
1 WD Raptor 10k drive SATA for Program Files and OS
1 WD 200 GB IDE storage drive
Nividia GeoForce 6600GT video card
Creative Soundblaster card and 5.25" bay input panel
I do some video editing and a lot of multitasking....hardly any gaming. I would like to have applications boot up as fast as possible and cut video rendering times down as much as I can. Would I benefit from switching to and AMD system? What's the most cost effective solution. I know CPUs go up to as much as $1000 or more!!! I'm looking to keep that under about $400 or $500...if that's necessary. I do not need audio or Video outputs on the motherboard due to my setup either. Where will I find the biggest bang for my buck and get a substantial improvement over my current system, without spending a wad to have the cutting edge. Could you recommend a couple options for motherboard and CPU. thank you!!