the Intel d core i think is the latest on intels side. not sure on the AMD side of things. personally...people say AMD is better if your looking for games but I personally dont visually see a difference, however in your case we wouldnt have to worry about that.
in previous experience of building custom pc's ive found out AMD to be priced cheaper then Intel but that depends were you shop. and yes you deff want to be looking at getting PCI-E as PCI and AGP are fizzing out.
Extreme might be a bit overkill on the price. I have a Core2 2.13 and it work pretty well, plus I can push it up to about 2.4 easily. And that's not even the upper edge of OC. They all run at 1.6 Ghz on idle anyway, you only even use that top clock speed maybe < 5% of the time.
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You should look for Intel Core 2 Duo proccessor and an montherboard which support PCI Express SATA2 hard drives and 667MHZ DDR2 ram modules. Make sure you go for 7200 rpm SATA2 hard drives and 10k RPM SATA2 drives if you can offord for best speeds. You should consider 2gb ram for upcoming windows vista and i will recommend atleast Geforce 7600SG based graphic card (around $150-$200) for medium performance and 7800GT for high end gaming. It really depends upon your budget and needs. If i were u i will select
intel Core 2 duo 845 exterme
GeForce 7600GT 256mb based card
2gb 667 mhz ddr2 Ram
160gb 10k sata2 drives
19" dell monitor
I like the ASUS P5B Deluxe, it's a great o/cing board as well.
I never knew there were 10k SATA HDDs, I thought only SCSIs were 10k+. What are some models that are 10k?
I don't know why everyone's suggesting an Core 2 Duo Extreme, because it isn't needed at all, it's just a waste of money. You can even o/c the E6400 to perform close to the Extreme with the stock intel heatsink.