APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 or 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 500-800 Canadian
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: movies, internet, games
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: none really
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 X 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: "Cool" looking case, ie window with light perhaps. Quiet as it will be in the living room, though no need for absolute silence. No htpc cases please, ATX would be ideal.
So basically, my friend feels its time to get a new pc as his laptop is 6 years old. Mainly wants to use it to watch movies/tv etc on his TV in the living room, and maybe some light gaming (older or PC only games as he uses his xbox 360)
Nothing set in stone, but he would like the case to look somewhat like the Apollo. I think the power supply may be overkill but I wanted to make sure it was decent quality with perhaps upgradability. Was hoping onboard video and sound would be good enough, but if anyone has experience with this particular board please let me know. My idea was we could add a video card/sound card on as needed.
Looking at some more cpu reviews, I wonder if I should use something like the Intel e5200 at the same price, seems to perform better, and is easily OC'ed for some additional performance. My only concern would be fan noise, how does that compare to the AMD solution. (assuming stock fan)
Edit: looking more into it, I realize that the Mobo choices are not as good for intel solution, hard to find HDMI out, Optical out, also the IGP is less powerful.