I may be getting a personal loan ($1200 for the new PC) so I can upgrade my aging home PC, but I would like some feedback on the choices I've made...
What I want from this new system is to have plenty of power and elbow room to run my graphics programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). I'm starting with a TigerDirect base system which you can view here.
I've decided to go with Microsoft Windows XP Professional since it comes at no cost and I can always upgrade to Vista later if I want.
It comes with a Asus M2A-VM mobo (AMD 690 w/ATI X1250 Video).
I'm choosing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Dual Core Processor.
For RAM I'm getting 4GB DDR2 PC6400 800MHz Dual Channel (1GB x 4).
I'm going with the included 80GB 7200RPM 3G SATA II HD and no second HD since I already have 2 Seagate 300GB SATA drives.
I'm just going with the standard 52X32X52/16x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive, because I'm giving my old system to my mom and I can throw this in there and take out my Lite-ON DVD burner for this system.
I'm grabbing the 9-in-1 Card Reader (it's only $15 extra, might as well).
Also I'm grabbing the 1394 Firewire PCI Card.
I'm going with the included keyboard and mouse.
I chose the Cyber Acoustics 2016 2-Piece Speakers - again for my mom to put on my old system (I have Logitech X-530s for myself).
I chose the Radeon X1650 Pro 256MB PCI-Express (1DVI / 1VGA).
I chose the 17" Black Widescreen LCD Monitor (VGA) - again, for my old system, for my mom.
I got the 500W PSU and a surge protector.
I would really love to hear your feedback on this set up. Also, if you feel I would be better off purchasing each component separately and building it up myself then please let me know (with your recommendations, of course). Thank you.
Oh yeah....here are some of the "extras" I will be treating myself to:
Ergotron Neo-Flex LCD Arm for hooking up my existing HP f1905e to my desk.
Intuos3 6x11 Special Edition Wacom tablet.
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard.
CHIMEI 22" Widescreen LCD monitor.
And of course the Logitech MX Revolution mouse, because I've wnated one forever.
Edited by dcloud, 19 December 2007 - 08:09 PM.