BUDGET RANGE: Under $1000, the less money the better
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing, video and sound file editing (HD video conversion), NO GAMING
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Case - already have a Thermaltake Armor case - http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1277&ID=14...
Power Supply - Case has Thermaltake Toughpower 550NP, 550 watt power supply
Hard Drive - I have 4 Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320-GB Hard Drives currently, no RAID (on purpose)
*note: I am considering a SSD for use as the OS and program drive only, documents and files on SATA drives
Mouse and keyboard
Monitor - already have 22" viewsonic
OS - I can use my XP license...but would consider Win 7
GPU - Currently have Nvidia GeForce 7950 GT, since I am a gamer do I need a new card??? http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_7950.html
*note: I would be OK with new GPU if this one is just too outdated
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: n/a for now
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference
OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080
ASUS M2N32 WS Pro
AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core (4200 +)
3.5 gig of ram
Nvidia Gforce 7950 GT
4 barracuda sata drives listed above
I do not game so that is completely out of the consideration. I am not intent on getting the latest and greatest best of class components. But I do quite a bit of video conversion and it takes a bunch of hours to convert a 12gb MKV file to other formats. I hate to wait. I figure with all I really need is a MB, CPU, and Ram and I should be off and running?
Total: $835 - $861
This leaves enough room in the budget to either get another set of RAM to make the total 8GB, which is the sort of thing you want to do when video editing. Or get Windows 7. Or possibly something else that would be beneficial, not sure what that would be tho...
If 60GB would be enough space for you as a boot drive, then you can save a little and get one of these: Crucial CT64M225 64GB $223 OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G 60GB $240 OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTXA60G 60GB $260
Which might give you enough extra money to do even more good for your new build.
I don't really see the need for a new video card.
My opinion is SSD durability is as yet unproven. Adding fast RAM gives you some of the advantages of SSDs. I think it's prudent to wait for the technology to mature and become more affordable before recommending it for home use. That's why I specified 6 GB in the above build instead of a SSD.
I think the second generation second firmware has solved a lot of the TRIM issues.
Don't you have the install CDs/DVDs/files for those programs? I thought you would easily enough be able to reinstall them. PITA getting all the settings right again, but c'est la vie eh?
Edit: I agree with vanekl a bit, even by the end of this year SSDs will be much better than they are now.
I do have install disks for all the programs. I am just concerned about the compatibility issues with Win 7 operating programs designed for XP. I know that the option to run them in compatibility mode but that does not guarantee operation. But the advantages of Win 7 may outweigh that issue.
Get a p55 setup with i5-750 and only 4gb of ram. That way you can use ur Xp pro COA, and not lose RAm. And save some cash. If you're determined to waste money, get an i7-870 and piss away some cash. Or get an SSD.
The total comes out to just about 1000$, Awesome grade A+ system. If you realy want to stay under 750$, you could try buying used off Ebay, if you're comfrotable with that kind of thing. Keep ur Xp pro COA, Keep ur GPU.