EDIT: I'm re-using my old thread with a different twist... Sorry the thread title appears to not change with it.
Help me build a Windows-PC for GPO!
I have do decide between cheap Sempron, Athlon XP Mobile (Barton core), Athlon 64 (754 or 939) -or- Intel's Celeron"D" or Pentium4 non-prescott.
RAM, must decide between: 3x 512MB, 4x 512MB or 2x 1024MB. 512MB sticks are far cheaper than 1024MB sticks (bearing in mind the double quantity.)
Must decide on platform to build on... either i865 for Intel, nForce2/3 for AMD, but could either build a system from parts into a quiet Antec case, or spend a bit more and go for a Small Form Factor system like the Shuttle series. A Quiet base system is essential.
Sound card - well, I already have an ooold-but-good Steinberg Project Card for 48KHz 16-bit w/ proper ASIO support. (ASIO2 possibly...)
But I'm strongly considering the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 (cheap now that the 192khz version replaced it) so I'd also gain a reliable MIDI interface instead of joystick-port nonsense.
So..... suggestions? Anything to aim for or avoid?