In the next day or two I will be asking my local shop to quote for a new computer, in the price range of approx £1200 to £1400 inc VAT. I am considering an Intel Pentium 4, 2.6GHz processor, Gigabyte mother board, but which one??, memory 512 DDR at 333MHz , ASSUS CRW-5224A CD-RW drive. I really do not need a sound card suitable for speakers every where, I don’t have the space. I need a decent stereo pair with a suitable sound card. I also have no desire to play games on line, I therefore need graphics to suit digital photography, not fast gaming. Any advice would be welcome please.
Which mother board, which standard CD drive to play the CD’s which I will want to copy etc? Which stereo speakers and sound card, which graphics card ? I would also like a reasonably priced scanner which will transfer the maximum number of slides at a time to the computer.
I also need a recommendation regarding the hard drive. Which might suit my requirement to store digital photo’s, either two separate hard drives or one partitioned? I don’t need a monster size, I would think that about 60 or so GB in total would be ample. Would raid be advisable?
I am completely ignorant about the inside of the box, all that I know is that it makes funny grunting noises now and then. I do hope that all these questions are sensible. I will of course discuss my final choice with the builder before going ahead. I will be back tomorrow, and would be grateful for any suggestions.