I'm looking into several computer components to custom build two different systems and I would really appreciate some opinions and insightful feedback.
The first computer is going to be more on the expensive side, but I'm looking for the best bang for your buck. I'll be running software such as Maya, 3D Studio Max, and Soft Image (fairly heavy software). Also, I plan on running multiple software applications at one time. I will be working a lot with audio applications and audio editing as well, but I'm fairly knowledgeable when it comes to sound cards. I plan on transfering video from video cameras and saving it onto my computer. I also need a DVD writer/reader and a CD writer/reader separate, but that's not too important. What is important that I'm not too knowledgeable on is the CPU, the motherboard, and the RAM.
1. CPU - I'm thinking of going with Intel because I've read that they're better with multitasking (which is better for me? I don't know). Can you reccomend any models that might be suitable for me? And why would you reccomend it? I'm all ears.
2. Motherboard - I'm clueless when it comes to motherboards. I've tried researching and reading but now I need the opinions of more intellectual people. I'm not sure what to tell you to (or if I've already told you) in order for you to know which would be an appropriate motherboard. What would you reccomend is the best bang for your buck, and why?
3. RAM - Basically, I've decided that 2GB is probably the way to go. I'm just not sure if I should go for DDR, DDR2, EEC, or any other out there. I'm thinking I may need the EEC, but I'm not sure. I would be greatful if anyone is able to link me to a reasonable model.
The second computer is going to be low budget. Basically, the types of software that will be run on it will be Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Windows Moviemaker, nothing heavy. There wont be any audio editing or anything like that on here. No transfering video from camcorder to pc. No games. The budget is $500-$750 (no higher). That's including monitor, router, video and sound card, motherboard, RAM, CPU, and harddrive.
CPU - I'm thinking AMD Athalon, I just have no clue which model would be the best bang for your buck
Motherboard - No clue here, any "must-buys" or "must-not-buys"?
RAM - I'm thinking just 512MB of RAM. Also, like I wrote above, I don't know if I need DDR, DDR2 etc.
Thank you so much in advanced to those of you with the patience to read this post and to help a guy in need.
EDIT: Also, a side question. When RAM says for example 1GB DDR, that's really a 512MB chip running like a 1GB?