happy 2009! hopefully a year of rebirth for our nation and each of us!
i started this new year off by scoring a few decent deals on a few upgrades to my desktop rig.Â last year i didn't really upgrade too much since i moved gaming platforms back to consoles (PS3 and late wii) and in a way burned myself out of upgrades/system building the year prior (went through about 8 cases, 6 mobos, 4 vid cards in one year).Â however the super low costs of memory and 3ghz dual core processors really got my upgrade-sense a twitching.Â in addition, i have fully transitioned all my machines from XP to Vista and actually am enjoying it over XP (vista's not that bad people, get over it!)
my main needs for a desktop are:
-photo editing/resizing/photoshop etc
-file-serving/hosting (main fileserver for rest of local network to get data from)
-basic gaming pc (do latest games but on lowest settings, nothing crazy good)
-playback hd content via hdmi
-do normal pc stuff (email, internet, etc)
osx and ubuntu support are not required (i've abandoned both for my desktop os, more novelty than productivity for my desktop; laptops different story).
i debated between Intel and AMD and actually went with AMD this time (prefer intels for my portables though).Â i was able to score a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.1ghz per core, dual core) w/psu for around $55 on neweg and then got a new asus mobo for about $90(8gb max mem support and hdmi output w/asus hybrid sli) and finally 8gb of kingston memory for around $90 :P
i should get my upgrades by end of next week (saved on shipping since i'm in no hurry); i'll post and update on how she runs!
seriously though, who doesn't want to try to run a system w/8GB of RAM!!!!! and yes, this will require Vista x64.Â also, 3ghz per core is pretty impressive too!