I'm looking for a good Multimedia PC - Budget can go max to INR 70K (Hardware + Software) - for use at my Mumbai residence.
** Would prefer the case to as sleek as possible and should fit into 7.9"Height X 17.5"Width X 17.8"Depth area in my computer table -- placed on base / sides. Currently I like Antec Fusion Remote Max (need to place it sideways in the above mentioned area) but open for other cases as well.
** Would like to make it as dual-boot with Windows 7 & Linux (is Ubuntu good or something else?)... Would like some recommendations on HDD size & partitions keeping this in mind plz...
** Note that I have External HDD WD320GB & WD250GB... So would consider 500GB HDD but ok to get a 1TB now itself (considering the price is not high... Should HDD be in RAID config? (My earlier laptop had a hard-drive crash 2 yrs back & I lost all old data) OR should it be 2 HDD of 500 GB each?
** I also have LiteOn LH-16A1P487C (bought in 2006) apart from a Wireless Logitech Keyboard & Mouse -- would like to use them unless there is a definite reason to go for newer ones
** Is it ok to use this DVD Writer itself or is a new BDDrive recommended (either as additional drive or as the only drive)?
** Given the powercuts in Mumbai, I already have APC HI800SQ (http://www.apc.com/resource/include/...se_sku=HI800SQ) at home -- is it safe to assume I don't need any additional UPS?
** Would ~22 inch LCD Monitor good enough? -- AOC2230FM or AOC2236VW or some other model -- which is recommended? HD compatibility is preferred...
** Would like an option for TV Tuner & Remote
** Inbuild normal speakers are ok since I'll use my Philips HTS 3105-98 for multimedia
** If possible would prefer 1 or 2 USB ports, Headphone jack & microphone jack in the front of the case
** Definitely at the back, would require 4 USB ports, 1 VGA Connector, Ethernet port, Line In & Line Out and S-Video port... Would like suggestions on whether HDMI or other multimedia related ports recommended...
** Would require the Modem as well as Wireless solution available
** Is it possible to have a 19-in-1 Hi Speed Media Card as well (something like what's in Dell Inspiron 545) ?
** On the software front, the budget will need to consider Windows 7, MS Office 2007 Home Edition.
** Is Lotus Notes client available for single user purchase? If so that will be required too. If that is not available, I would require MS Outlook too (ie, in which case, MS Office 2007 will be Standard and not Home Edition) along with IBM Lotus Domino Access for MS Outlook -- Hope the domino access is available for separate purchase...
** On the security front, Would Kaspersky + Spybot + Windows Defender + Windows Firewall suffice? Or is some commercial product like Norton / Symantec / McAfee suggested?
** While this might be used for some occasional gaming by my family, its not required to be high-end gaming rig.
** What are the recommendations for Motherboard, Processor (Intel Core i5?), Video & Graphics card, RAM, etc?
Reading your intended task i do not see the need for excessive processing power (and the heat generation) but the choice of casing is key. Flatbed casings may fit the bill but severely limit you in GPU selection in case your family's gaming needs becomes more intense as these sort of casings could only house low profile cards and those are entry level and mid at most for the most part and won't give u a lot of frames in games Why not go shoebox and possibly remove a partition in your shelf? I would hit a juicy 23" Full HD at the very least too The multi media experience get a few notches more pleasurable with a nice big display hehe