Computer Nerds, I Need Your Advice

My laptop is slowly dying, so I'm thinking of building my own desktop. It's been seven years since I last built a desktop, and with motherboard and processor technology advancing practically every day, I'm at a loss as far as motherboard, CPU and hard disk selection. I'm looking to build an inexpensive system (I know I want at least a Pentium or Duron chip, not Celeron nor Sempron), with room for upgrading in the future. Here are my questions:

What's the real difference between Intel and AMD chips, besides price? What's the difference between RAID, ATA and SATA hard disks? What the hell is hyperthreading technology? Help!


Blogger Coolhand complained...

If you can afford it, go Mac. I have an uncle who built a lot of PCs, and then one day, on a whim, got a mac. best computer-related decision he's made.

amd chips are a bit faster, but I'm not sure if every motherboard that has them are the most stable.

i'll have think about the rest, as I can't remember anything off the top of my head.

2/20/2006 10:51 AM
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Blogger Carl complained...

I have considered Mac, however for my price limit (around $700 or below, w/o monitor), I could only afford a Mac mini, which I think would limit productivity for work. Also, all my design software is Windows-based, so I would have to purchase all new software too.

Maybe someday in the future I'll go Mac, but for now, I need a PC.

2/20/2006 12:01 PM
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