first of all great site! been lurking for a while and did use the PS calculator & searched some threads but I'd like y'alls opinion.
this is my first build and will be a HUGE improvement over the DELL I'm running. I want this build to last for years to come. I know it will get outdated but again it will be a huge improvement and I want it to last. had the DELL since 03
I'm not a gamer at all and do not plan to OC. I will use the box mostly for audio editing and some very lite video editing here and there (besides basic internet use, downloading/uploading etc). I'm not a professional and all editing (audio and video) is for my own use. just want fast & reliable
here's what I got so far.
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 (may use the built in sound/coax out, or may use my audiophile 24/96 soundcard)
EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported (won't use SLI so I am open to other suggestions)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
4 gigs 2 x Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (I know it'll only run 3.5 or so with 32 bit)
a card reader (not sure if it'll work with my MB?)
I already have the case (Antec 900 w/ 3 120mm fans)
I will have two SATA internal hard drives. one 80gig for OS/programs and one 500gig for storage. I also have two usb externals (160 & 200gig) a wireless mouse, printer etc.
I will have one DVD burner (non sata I think, haven't picked yet) also a flat screen LCD. haven't picked the model yet.
from what I've read/understand the video card will be the biggest power hog. the specs on mine should work with the 520 but is everything else gonna push it over??
so should the hx520 do it or should I go with the hx620??
thanks and sorry for the n00b questions