I'm playing with the idea of building a new system soon as my present one is caput. I'm using the defibrilators but no life has come back into it yet.
It's not going to be a gaming system, though I may ocasionally play the odd game or flight simulator, it is mainly going to be a system for editing audio, but also some video and still images too.
These are the base components options I am thinking of using in my new system:
1) Argon Extreme Intel Core i3 540 3.06GHz @ 4.40GHz USB3 Overclocked Bundle
- CPU: Intel Core i3 540 3.06GHz @ 4.40GHz
- Motherboard: Asus P7H55-M/USB3 Intel H55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel
- Cooler: Akasa Nero S CPU Cooler (H70 Upgrade available)
2) Radon Intel Core i5 760 2.80GHz @ 4.00GHz Overclocked Bundle
- CPU: Intel Core i5 760 2.80GHz @ 4.00GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-USB3 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
- RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel
- Cooler: Akasa Nero S CPU Cooler (Upgrade options available)
- Artic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Do you think I'd be better off with the i5 and the extra cores or the extra raw speed of the i3 for this type of non-gaming setup?
I was going to continue with XP Pro SP3 32-bit for now. I also have some other components I can salvage from my old system and make do with until the time is right such as the hard drives (SATA2) and DVD-RW. I will definitely need a new case though and graphics card. Thinking of going with a single GTX 460.
Any thoughts on which of these bundles would be better and recommendations for cases or better coolers? I am thinking the bigger any fans the better because they wont make as much noise?