Originally posted by: NemesisChild
Looks good to me, but I think you mean it has SATA III, not SATA II.
That is s great board, you never want to skimp with a motherboard.
I would opt for a more powerful graphic card, look at the AMD 6000 series.
What 650w PSU do you have and how old is it?
Not sure what brand it is... it's an off brand from from TigerDirect that I paid less than $60.00 for. It's about 3 years old and has connections for 4-6 SATA power, 2-4 Molex, SLI, ATX power, and a couple of expansion connectors; and it has a variable speed fan that rises and lowers as needed. I never hear it though currently and it was first in my Intel Core Duo machine with PCI-Express card, etc.. Should I plan for a new power supply?
Was also eyeballing the AMD 890FX Crosshair since it is only $30 more, but was wondering if it was overkill.
Also... is it worth it to go to 64-bit Windows? Not only will it involve purchasing Windows, but do I lose some of my software if 64-bit versions are not available? I might be stuck at 4GB memory if that is the case, and stick with 32-bit. As much as I've read about it, I'm still not real clear of pros and cons of switching to 64-bit. I know Photoshop behaves a lot better in the 64-bit environment, but while I use it alot, there are other software packages I use as well that, after looking, I cannot find 64-bit versions of. Or, would it be a case of possibly installing both versions of Windows, 32-bit and 64-bit so I have the ability to run whichever programs I choose?
Thanks for the input!