I'm tried of my laptop slow laptop and its time for an upgrade. Don't want anymore lagging and choppy video/audio due to running dual moniters.
I just purchased a regular retail built pc but already have the urge to upgrade the video card and power supply. I think I'd be more fun building a pc from scratch and i am stepping into the IT field so it'll be useful experience and knowledge.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month or so - no real rush
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3 most important: internet usage - video - audio
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference - I'll search for the best deals
PARTS PREFERENCES: dont want an onboard video card - will run dual moniters eventually - at least 4gb of ram - HD size can be 320 or 500 gb - DVD Rw drive needed (will probably end up installing 2)
OVERCLOCKING: Not off the bat but will look into it just to play around and gain the how to knowledge
MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: will buy another HD eventually for back ups - support for usb 3.0 maybe though not needed???
Like to keep the total under $400 but let me know if adding a few bucks will put me that much more ahead.
If he is doing a lot of file swaps, the 32mb cache on the WD green would be the better choice. The PSU was to keep it within budget, as well as to give him a upgrade path in the future (plus the BFG has plenty of connectors). I have used the BFG GS-550 before, and it is a good low cost PSU for it's wattage. Also Active PFC doesn't really mean much. I have had more PSU failures due to the "Active PFC" than those that do not have it. (specifically with unstable german power)
A PSU without active PFC is better used as a door stop or anchor. They shouldn't go inside a computer. Arguing otherwise just shows a lack of understanding of how a power supply works. I can assure you that your PSU failures most certainly were not caused by active PFC. A quality PSU is the key to a stable system. A PSU without active PFC is NOT a quality PSU.
I am currently building a PC for a friend who is mostly interested in computation.
We are using a 32nm intel i5-660 with the integrated graphics. It is a gem. At stock it does 2m superpi almost as fast as my overclocked i7-920.
We are using the gigabyte H55M-S2H mini-atx motherboard. For him it is perfect, but I think a larger board would be better for most. The S2H has only 2 ram slots, making it expensive if you need more than 4gb. We are also using the Corsair 400w psu. The PSU exudes quality.
The video output is vga, dvi, or hdmi. With limitations, you can connect two out of the three at once.
For the OP, it would be good. You can start with the oncpu video, and later add a pci-e card if needed. The i5-661 model has slightly faster graphics, and is only a few $ more.
Add one of Intel's 40gb SSD's for the OS and a 1tb drive for video storage.