Alright, our current setup is quickly going downhill, so I plan on putting together a system myself. I would buy from Dell, HP, whatever, but I really don't want Vista, and I hate running into having to deal with proprietary stuff when trying to upgrade. There are a few things that I need to know, that I want some honest opinions about and not just "don't buy AMD because it sucks."
This computer will be primarily used for internet, photo editing, a little video editing in the future, and possibly our PVR in the future.
What I need to know:
Intel or AMD, what to avoid from both and which might work better for what I plan on using the computer for.
Memory, basically the ones to avoid and the ones that the cheap stuff is still good and reliable.
Motherboard, I have some ideas on this just because this was one of the first things that I started researching, but I don't know real world who is the most reliable or what features I need to be looking for.
Video card, I have absolutely no idea about this so any and all help is appreciated
Power supply, how much do I need and who's good or not.
Hard drive, again who to avoid, features to look for.
I figure those are the main components that I need to worry about off the bat, so I figure that I would at least start here. I may consider trying to upgrade the sound card as well(instead of the built-in) but that all depends on budget. I also don't know how much a case matters, so you can chime in on that as well if you feel so inclined. I know that I will need a DVD burner and a few other things, but I just want to get the basics. I plan on running Windows XP Pro until everything gets worked out with Vista, so Vista compatible is a must.
I plan on purchasing XP Pro and MS office for around $300, which leaves me with a max budget of $1700. Obviously if I can get all this accomplished for less, I would love to, I just really don't know if it's feasible. Also let me know if I am forgetting something that I haven't mentioned.
Thanks for the help!