The new machine
I have been researching a new computer system for awhile and finally went ahead and ordered most of the pieces last night. First of all something has gotten a bit jacked with my old desktop machine, I think a bit stick of memory or something. It can be unstable at times. So, I need something more reliable. Also, I want to get into more video editing and very stable environment to do a lot of photoshop work. I went ahead and got something that should have a good amount of power, reliability, and a lot of storage for all my data.
Here are the parts I've ordered so far:
Motherboard: Asus P5AD2-E Premium
Processor: Pentium 4 3.0Ghz LG775 with 2MB cache.
Memory: 2 x 1024MB Kingston DDR2 memory
Video: PNY Quardo 540 PCI Express 128MB w/ HDTV output
Storage: 2 x 160MB SATA Hitachi Raid 0 for video capture/editing, 1 x 250MB SATA Hitachi for other data, 1 x 80MB SATA Hitachi for operating system and program files.
Optical: Plextor external firewire/USB 2.0 dual layer DVD burner.
I still need to decide on a new case. I'm planning on getting something with a 500W power supply with a lot of cooling for all this equipment. Also, I would next want to get 2 LCD Monitors to go along with the dual DVI capabilities I have but I may wait a bit on that since that is going to be probably the most expensive piece of the whole system.
The motherboard is one of the top of the line boards from Asus right now. It does have 1394b (800mb/s firewire) and dual 1 Gb integrated lan adapters. Also, of course the PCI express to host the new video card. I made sure this time the memory I bought was on the recommended list because I've made the mistake a few times of trying generic memory, its never worth it.
I'm also considering getting an entry level professional sound card. Depending on what I find in my research I may just end up going with a creative labs audigy or something. I used to work there and I feel they have pretty decent sound products even though I know there are higher end cards out there.
I'm excited to get it this, fortunately I found one reliable vender that had all of this with free second day shipping so I should receive it pretty soon.