SYSTEM USAGE: Email, web surfing, Corel Draw X4 (tracing large bitmaps in vector), Occasional light dditing of HD video (I do not have a program picked out yet), Watching Movies, I DO NOT game and have no need for 3-D graphics
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 2253LW), speakers, OS (Window 7)
By light editing, I mean I am not editing a feature length movie. My son is a high school wrestler. I plan on taking video of the meets this year. I will then create a season chronology for each individual by putting each of their matches on a single video.
I am not currently doing this as the camera is on order and is due to be delivered this week.
I will take a look at the reviews and come pack with another proposal based on a recommend CPU for the task.
Thanks to everyone who has responded. I really appreciate it as the technology has passed me by since I last built a machine 5 years ago.
I think I am going to stick with the i5. The reason for this is it is pretty cheap at microcenter ($149) and it will allow me to keep the PC in service for a longer time (I tend to replace computers every 5-6 years). In addition if I decide to do more intensive video editing the additional power will come in handy.
I still am not set on a video card. I would prefer to keep it under $50. Does anyone have advise on this?