Hi Guys, I've been doing some research the past few days, and was looking for the "looks good" for what I've come up with. Originally I was trying to stay around 400$ total, but I added in the Blue-Ray reader and Remote, which are still pending wife approval. They don't currently have a great display, but are using a 1280x1024 I believe and -love- watching Hulu/Netflix on it, so that's more than likely going to be the next upgrade for them. Main use is office/email, and then a lot of streaming video.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: ~400 (After Rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet / Streaming Video (Netflix/Hulu type) / Office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Kb/Mouse/OS (They already purchased win 7) Monitor (Unless can squeeze in something ok)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: None particular, just need to be solid. Have been leaning towards AMD/ATI lately.
OVERCLOCKING: More than likely No unless very stable/longevity ok
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for now, Monitor Upgrade in mid-future
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: They are somewhat picky about the looks of the thing, she would pack it in a closet if she could when they weren't using it, but that's not quite necessary.
I'd like a blue-ray player, but with their current monitor, no real reason for it I can really rationalize, I'm sure there will be better prices when they decide to upgrade their LCD anyway.