My current Win XP machine has been chugging along dutifully for a while now (~ a decade), but I've been looking into replacing it. I specifically want to try building my own, even though there are probably a lot of things that need tweaking while doing it. I am hopeful that the fine folks who frequent this forum can assist me in my endeavor.
I have not even looked at new computers for a while, so I did some reading up on processors. I gather that AMD's products aren't really measuring up to Intel's any more, and that for the same number of cores, Intel is always the better option. Did I get that right?
I'm a bit fuzzier on how many cores I would need. I don't plan on doing high-powered gaming, or doing 3-D animation, but I will be programming (C++ and probably Flash), and want to make sure it is capable of running any software I download for it going forward. It also has to run Windows 7 nicely. I think dual core Intel would be good for me, but again I'm not sure.
Where I really get confused is trying to pick out a motherboard. The specific processors I saw mentioned in recent articles are Intel's "Haswell" chips, and I know that the socket for these is 1150 h87 or z87 (z87 is better than h87). Where I am completely confused - and this probably tells that I haven't shopped for a computer in a while- is I can't tell for the life of me which motherboard I would need.
Does a dual core processor need 2 sockets? or does the whole thing go in 1 socket? What about a quad core? How can I tell how many cores a motherboard can handle?
I will doubtless have more questions later on, but the motherboard thing has me completely stumped right now. Any help appreciated.