I was thinking about just buying a pc off the shelf like a Dell XPS 9000, Micro Express MicroFlex 92B, or iBUYPOWER Gamer Supreme 937SLC but figured maybe it is time to learn how to build one. I saw this build posted by donc_61 in Sept. 2009 and thought I would start with here. Your critical review would be greatly appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: May-June
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Very fast general purpose computing, occasional video editing, Photoshop, No gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (for one-stop shopping), microcenter
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm running 1920x1080 on a 24" monitor right now.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want a very fast, VERY QUIET, quality, trouble-free, build that will last 3-4 years.
With no gaming, you could easily go with something like this Sapphire 5450 for $50 (including shipping) and still get the additional features of the 5xxx series. There's a similar Powercolor model for $42 with free shipping, but they're not as well known, so many people seem to stay away from that brand.
Build looks really good otherwise. You might check out silentpcreview.com for more ideas on cases & CPU heatsinks.