Sound? Is the onboard sound going to be good enough to send to a
receiver or do i need a sound card.
The rest comes from garage sales and systems given to me
that are older
HD I already have a couple
CASE I already have a huge old case $0
PS I already have a 400w $0
Question If i have another 350w ps can i use them both together?
Use one to power a graphics card and on for hard drives and such?
DVD I have one
What my idea is that i will put this behind the wall of my living room and just have
a small USB hub for an external HD and wireless keyboard and mouse in the living room.
I would like it quiet because there is a bedroom where the pc will be. But noise isnt a super
I want to be able to save my movies to the external HD and just watch those and play a bit older
games on the TV.
The on-board graphics should be good enough for your stated needs. You can always add the 4670 later on for improved performance if you feel it necessary. And the 8 channel on-board should should be sufficient.
The above is a build I was just playing around with today. I was in a class earlier today and a fellow classmate, while explaining a project he completed, said that you could not build a decent computer for $500. His words were "junk computer." Knowing he was wrong, I set out for fun to see what could be had for $500. Since his project only included intel products i restrained myself to that as well. This was more oriented to be a gaming rather than media comptuer although the graphics card is rather weak for gaming anyways. For a media computer, you could remove the products you already have like powersupply (make sure it has the correct cpu connector), Hard drive and case etc. and replace them with a TV tuner and perhaps a 1 TB drive.
Given what I just said, I would still recommend Slomo4shO's suggestion of an AMD build. A good motherboard and processor will be less than $150 easily. That alone will save plenty of money.
Off the top of my head, I would get X2 5000, decent 780G motherboard, 1TB drive, 2GB Ram, Vista Home premium and that should run you easily less than $400. Throw in a cheap Blu-Ray drive and your still under $500.
If you can explicitly state your budget it will be easier to recommend excellehnt price/performance parts.
When you say gaming, what games are you planning on playing? Gaming and Media pc's tend to be at opposite ends of the spectrum in my mind.