Thanks for responding.
Well what I'm looking for is to make the very best office tool that I can. I am not much of a gamer, hopefully I wont disappoint anyone here saying that.
But, I am very much into being an office geek and I'm finding that my 5 year old PC with it's ancient CPU just can't cut the challenge of to days Office tools and their gigabyte programing.
I want to be able to open up my Office tools and carry on the research necessary to use them at the same time. You know, I want to be able to Multi task without crashing my PC, which I seem to do a whole lot easier these days.
MUSIC! I love my Music. It's another essential ingredient I have to have working all the time on my dream machine. I don't imagine that Yahoo! has anyone that comes close to how much music rating that I've done with them, I certainly haven't found anyone. I have a total of 119,926 total ratings, I've long had their "Ratings Master" title, that's a lot of listening and rating. I've labeled My Station "Easy Listening", I can't get enough of Jazz, New Age, World, Easy Listening of all types and varieties. I do like to squelch the loud and hard out of it though.
IE, I listen to music all the time and want to have the best guaranty that I get the best sound and that it will never glitch. So, a great sound card and software for this would be in order.
I've heard it said that using your PC for an Entertainment Center is a bad idea. Video Cards just don't seem to be living up to the task of including TV and the like on your PC.
But, I still find myself constantly entertaining the Idea how nice it would be to coordinate all that entertainment stuff through your PC. So, I don't know where video cards stand right now today on accomplishing that but I would like to at least kick that idea around at first before making my PC.
I've also been entertaining setting up RAID 5 or something close for performance and security. So, what ever is the best configuration for hard drive combos for this, 2 or 3 250 gig SATI HDs? (I understand that SATI is way faster than IDE, so I'd like to try SATI this time around).
I do have a 500 gig IDE that I can take form my current PC to use for extra storage.
I also have 2 - 75 gig SCSI that I'm not current using. One of them has a broken "ear" on the HD terminal.
As far as OS, I can start with my XP Pro that I'm currently using and then upgrade to VISTA sometime in the hopefully not to distant future. I would like to wait a bit yet in the hopes that they work more of the kinks out.
But, yes I would want it to be Vista ready at least.
Oh, I do run my Yahoo! Internet radio to my 5.1 surround sound receiver and love it.
I just wish that we could get at least 3 MB/sec downloading capacity. AT&T has been promising that for the longest time. I presently get only 1.5 MB/sec Internet speed.
And get this, I'd like to stay in the $300.00 ball park arena to do all this that my niece's boyfriend said that he could do it for.
Is that a hallucination or what?
Well, I can't think of anything else right now that might influence what to choose in making my dream machine but if I do I'll add a reply with it in.
And remember, hallucinations aren't real, so what ever you think it realistically is going to cost and what I might want to get to make my dream machine please, please feel free to enlighten me.
Hope to hear from you real soon. Thanks.
PS Oh, I've just recently purchased a 22" Acer display monitor for my new PC. I can't use it with the video card on my current PC, not compatible.
Edited by Johnz414, 17 December 2007 - 01:07 PM.