SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Use as a TV with a tuner (viewing TV wth a USB tuner is my primary TV, and possibly looking for another tuner), WoW, Movies, Internet Surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: 28" Widecreen LCD Monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any other reputable online dealer
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Doubt it
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Doubt it
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Uncertain, but its a large monitor
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My current computer is a gateway with AMD x2 (speed unknown) and a 512mb Nvidia 8000 series video card. I use this in a bedroom. I have had problems with my computer heating up my room 10-15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house. I don't need wicked graphics or be able to play WoW on maxed out video settings. I would be comfortable with onboard video if it could do the things I am looking for. I want something that runs cool, is stable, and will do the things I listed in the system usage. I also desire to dual boot this machine with some version of windows and linux.
+ Big hard drive for storing TV, with a brand new TV card w MCE compatable remote.
+ Silent Ati 4670 graphics card for WOW.
+ Blue ray disk drive for watching hidef movies.
+ media center case so it fits in where ever you place the system.
+ quiet PSU so you dont notice the system.
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
I believe the resolution of my monitor is 1900 x 1200. It is a Hanns G HG281D. Not a real pricey monitor. It wil do 1080p.
Yup, the HG281D is 1920x1200. For that resolution and knowing the latest WoW expansion upped the GFX requirements, I would go with at least a 1GB 4870 or a GTX260. If you want extra "eye-candy" (grater AA/AF), then take a look at cards like the 4850x2, 4870x2 and GTX285 (1GB/GPU).
I like the Antec/Earthwats combo point out by dirtmoutain for $70.
The thing you have to keep in my is that the more power you want the hotter and louder things will run. So, if you want a powerful GPU its going to get hot and loud. It doesn't matter what the cooling inside. Your case is like your issue is the ambient temperate of the room and sound the computer makes in operation. With that in mind, that is why I recommend the choices I picked out, least heat generated and sound produced.
You won't be able to play WoW at 1920x1200 with max settings, but you will be able to play at 1280x800 with decent settings.