I need some help with a motherboard, case, and video card for an AMD Athlon x2 4800+ I'm thinking about building. It's been a few years since I've built a system, so I'm not up on the motherboards, cases, etc.
First up, this machine will not be for gaming...it's a machine used for editing hd video and audio post prod.
Based on reading here and some other places, it seems pretty common to put the AMD 4800+ with an ASUS A8N-SLI (premium or deluxe) motherboard. I don't know enough about new motherboards to even know what else to consider. I'm happy to take the "short answer" on this one...is there some other motherboard I should consider? I want 1394 on board...everything else seems common place today.
Memory I've seen hyped is Corsair... 1 gig or 2 is the plan. Does it matter, or is any pc 3200 memory going to work the same?
Video: I'm going between the NVidia GeForce 6800 dual dvi (about $200) and 7800 ($300). For biz graphics, video, etc...will the 7800 make any difference?
All set on hard drives & dvd burners (maxtor diamondmax sata's and plextor 716 serial ata)
Case...I'm lost. From looking at cases on newegg, you really have to dig deep to find one that doesn't look like an alien design! The one restraint I have is it can't be wider than 8" to fit where it's going.
Choices I've seen and like are: Lian Li PC 7B.
Lian Li PC-6077
Cooler Master Centurion 5 cac-t05
all seemed to have decent reviews. Anyone know if the motherboard should be fine there?
Oh, and should I upgrade the power supply that comes with the cases?
So...the main questions: motherboard and case for a super biz machine. Any help is appreciated.
Thank you! Sean