Hello there, Sometime in the near future I am hoping to be able to build myself a PC. I have never done this before but I think i can handle it, I know someone that can help me out if I get stuck so hopefully I should be ok.
I have a couple of questions about some of the components I am going to use and software I plan to buy...
1. When choosing a processor, How much of an effect does the speed have on tasks that I will run. I am hoping to record and mix music on my pc. I have planned to get a 2800+ Athlon Processor (64 bit), coupled with 512 MB of ram. Is this enough? (does anyone know what speed in GhZ the 2800+ is?)
2. Will a 64bit processor be backward compatable with older programs? Or would I be better off getting a more powerful 32bit?
3. I was planning on buying Norton Internet Security to put on when I have built the PC. Is this worth it, or are there better free applications? I need a decent firewall and virus scan. If you have any links to FREE apps, please do let me know.
4. Finally, due to the fact that i will be recording as well as playing back and listening to music, and possibly using microphones for chat, i wondered if you can get splitter switches to switch between inputs and outputs, so that I could have:
Or something like that. I dont know if its possible but i just dont want to have to keep switching around wires, id jus like a switch to choose between them.
Sorry for all the questions, any help is greatly appreciated though.