I'm currently building a new PC and wondered what suggestions people might have. My PC is showing its age and I'm in the process of picking components for my build.
Believe it or not, my current system still does everything I need, as quickly as I need it to. I think this can be put down in part to the fact that I'm still using WindowsME, which isn't very resource hungry. I'm going to need to upgrade to XP or Vista at the same time as recent hardware won't run on WindowsME, my USB Freeview stick for instance.
I need the pc for web browsing, photo editing, MP3 conversion. It doesn't have to be anything special.
Don't laugh but my current system has the following:
AMD Athlon 1100 Thunderbird
FIC Socket A Motherboard
512mb SDRAM (2x 256mb)
32mb NVidia Riva TNT2 AGP graphics
Effectively, I'm looking to build a new PC that's a little quicker at running XP/Vista than my current one runs WindowsME.
I already have:
AMD Athlon (not Sempron) Socket AM2 CPU
Motherboard with onboard graphics (upgrade later)
I guess I'm really asking for opinions on Operating System, RAM, Processor.
1. Can I get away with 1GB of Ram or do I need 2GB
2. Should I buy a slow Dual-Core processor or a faster single core. Software at the moment doesn't fully take advantage of Dual-Core processors?. I've seen a 45W Athlon 3500+ for £42 which sounds ideal but that's X2 3600+ teritory. The reason for considering the 45W 3500+ is mainly electricity bill saving.
3. XP or Vista?. Too early for Vista or too late for XP.