I'm going to start this by saying that I am not super technical and get frustrated easily when things don't go my way. I am looking to replace a 4.5 year old PC that got very light use. Of course you guys all are encouraging me to build rather than buy and I'm considering it but I'm honestly not sold. I have done things like install memory or video cards but nothing more than that. The current case (p/n 489363-001 in case anyone knows it) seems crowded to me but what do I know?
I think I can re-use my mini ATX case and DVD drive. There is a Delta Electronics 350w power supply in there that seems to be working fine.
The heaviest lifting the PC will do for games is SWTOR on medium settings. Otherwise it's a basic family PC. My budget is not rigid but since I can buy a cheap i5 premade and a 7770 card for around $500-550 I wouldn't want to go a lot higher than that.
Since we don't use it that much, I don't really feel like going all out on this. A friend told me to go with an i5 and with the MB that's already $300.
I have a ton of respect for this community, and you will need to be super precise for me to even consider building. If you think a prebuilt will get me where I need to be and save me some hassle, please let me know.
I suspected that as well. Money is not really an issue so getting a nice 430 or even more will be fine if it protects the overall investment and means I don't have to open the thing up again and possible break something.