Anyway, I've already bought some minor components (I've got a case and a hard drive so far, but I'll get more into the specs and what I'm looking to do with them in a bit).
What I want to be able to have is a multitasking computer, that doesn't have too much trouble with rendering video for burning DVDs (my current P4 takes about 3 hours to burn 2 hours of video onto dvd using nero), that doesn't bog down with HD video (I get stuttering now when trying to watch 720p), can handle music editing software (currently using Sonar 7 Cakewalk Producer edition-cpu bogs down when I have a lot of tracks), and can play the occasional game (no Crysis for me!).
Granted, the computer I'm planning on building will be taking the place of my old Dell workhorse, which has served me well for about 6 years now, but is way too outdated to be able to upgrade anymore. I will be cannibalizing it for parts, though, once I get the new one built. I plan on reusing my DVD burning drive, and possibly wiping the 160GB HD on it and using it for only the OS and programs.
I'd like the new computer to be built around this CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb
What I already have:
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HD (Got it on sale at Best Buy for like $80!)
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Now, as far as mobo's go, I wouldn't mind one that has onboard video, as long as it could handle HD video. I also want the option to upgrade by adding a video card (only if necessary) with an HDMI output, as I eventually plan on getting a big HDTV and using this PC as a media center as well as an all around computer. So, if the mobo has an HDMI output, that would be a plus, if not necessary at the moment. I'm looking to spend about $200-250 on one. One more thing to add, I may try to overclock, so if the mobo has good overclocking capabilities, it would be a plus as well.
Don't know much about DDR3 RAM, or if I need it for what I'm looking to do, so if it's unnecessary for what I need, then that should help with the price on the mobo, and the RAM.
Speaking of RAM, I am planning on eventually getting Windows 7, and I'd like to see what the big deal is about running it in 64 bit mode, so I would need at least 4GB of RAM, right? Do I need some serious heavy duty RAM, or can I go with value RAM (like Kingston?) How would that affect my system?
I'm also going to need suggestions on a power supply. I wouldn't have the foggiest idea on how many watts I would have to go for, and how to go about figuring that out.
I plan on using the stock cooler that comes with the AMD Phenom chip until I decide to overclock. I doubt when I do that I'd OC it enough to warrant water cooling.
All of your suggestions are welcome, and thanks for the help!!
*edited to add..
I also have an M-Audio Delta 1010 that will be needing a PCI slot, which I use for recording music. Not sure if that would affect anything, but I still want a mobo with built in sound if possible, but be able to set the clock speeds to the Delta 1010 for recording.