I am looking to build a system, but I’m not sure which direction I should go – 975x or 680i motherboard. With the 680i I can get the latest 680i cards that support DirectX10 and OpenGL, but the 975x runs a little cheaper (depending on which motherboard I get). I was thinking about something along these lines but not sure which is better or if either of these will get the job done for video editing (I will also be doing some 3D work):
the old--- price verses speed.
get the fastest system for the cheapest price. ie don't spend an extra 200-400 bucks for .2Ghz. (ie 3.4Ghz vs 3.6Ghz) .2GHz ain't gonna render your video that much faster. Half the time i walk away and come back after grabbing a bite to eat. (i never know how long it took)
besides, in 2-4 years you'll be building a new system.
make sure all your hardware is vista ready, so when you retire it as a NLE, you can use it as an office computer and can use Vista