SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet Surfing, finance and spreadsheets, podcasts, music and gaming (about tied), movies and TV
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have a monitor (max resolution 1280 x 1024; may upgrade at a later date), mouse and keyboard, DVD drive and DVD-CD-R/RW burner; 3.5 floppy drive (all recycled from current system)
WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
BRAND PREFERENCES: Prefer Nvidia graphics cards; everything else - no preference, but reliable and well known
OVERCLOCKING: Never done it before, -- not interested right away but would like the option to give it a try at some future date
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right away anyhow, but perhaps some day
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking for something that is the right balance of performance and budget. I’ve updated my current Gateway box several times over the past 7 years. However, it seems the motherboard is starting to finally go. So instead of investing in another off the shelf system, I figured I would take the plunge and give building my own system a try. I am looking for a system that I can use for several years, and upgrade as needed. I have never built a system from scratch, but I have replaced and added components my family members' computers (e.g., dell, gateway) enough to want to give it a try. Below are what I have come up with so far and my reasoning behind each piece. I am planning to recycle what I can from my Gateway box (DVD Drive, CD-R/RW drives, and floppy drive). I would greatly appreciate any advice and/or recommendations regarding the components below.
…so without further ado…
Cool Master HAF 932– Space isn’t really an issue for my office and I would like a case I can grow into and have plenty of room for expansion and ventilation.
Since I am not planning to overclock right away, I am planning on just using the stock cooling fan on the CPU, for now at least. However, I would certainly be willing to be convinced otherwise if people thought that would be a bad idea.
Thank you again for reading and thank you in advance for taking the time to respond.
You certainly have done your homework. It's a nice build. I would chose the EVGA over the Asus. They are pretty much the same, but the evga board offers more onboard SATA ports. ATI has better graphics, I would suggest the 4850 over the 9800gtx. Other than that, looks solid. I love that case!