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Need some advice on computer parts
11/13/12 10:45 PM

I'm looking to build a new computer and could use advice about some of the components. Here are the specs for my current build (built Aug 2006):

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
  • ASUS M2N-E
  • Patriot DRR2-800 2GB (2x1GB)
  • HIS X1900XT
  • Plextor PX-760A (PATA connection)
  • 1 300GB PATA drive (storage)
  • 2 300GB SATA drives (1 boot/storage, 1 storage)
  • 1 500GB SATA drive (storage)
  • Peripherals (speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor)

The old computer will be going to my parents to replace their current one and these are the parts I'm keeping:

  • Peripherals (speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor)
  • 1 300GB SATA drive (storage)
  • 1 500GB SATA drive (storage)

Everything else I need to purchase, including drives to replace the two that are remaining with the old computer. The primary use of my computer is gaming/emulation, along with other mundane stuff (listening to music, photo editing, watch movies & shows). I would also like to run Virtual Machines for software/OS alternatives testing and to run older OSes for non-compatible software. I have a hard limit of $1,450 to spend on this build, it was $1,600 but I need at least $150 to upgrade the memory and OS on the old computer. Here are the parts I'm currently looking at:

Normally I would go with AMD, but given their lackluster performance of late, I'm leaning towards the i7-3770. I don't plan on overclocking so, other than the 100 MHz stock speed difference, would there be any noticeable differences during normal use between the K and non K version? Given what I expect to do with this build, would it be possible for me to go with the i5-3570?

How much memory should I be looking at, 16GB or 32GB? Normally I would gear it around what I planned to do, but I've never run VMs before and am a bit confused by their memory requirements.

And finally, we're using Windows XP x86, so both computers are in need of a current OS. It'll be Windows 7 x64, but should I go with Home Premium or Professional? Can Home Premium run VM programs like VirtualBox or VMWare Player without choking?

And a semi related question, are Blu-ray burners worth the $100 or is the technology still too new to be viable? I ask because of the 25GB disc size and the fact that the price per disc has become somewhat reasonable.

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* Need some advice on computer parts Anime-niac 11/13/12 10:45 PM
. * Re: Need some advice on computer parts R. Belmont  11/14/12 06:22 PM
. * Re: Need some advice on computer parts Naoki  11/14/12 12:14 AM

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