BUDGET RANGE: below @$750 including rebates, tax (CA), and s/h. The less the better.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: streaming video (youtube, netflix, etc. like watching in full screen, some “high def”), downloading music as well as streaming it, ripping music from many CDs(100+), lots of internet browsing with multiple tabs (10-20), run multiple programs at once (Google Chrome, MS Word, Windows Media Player, varies day by day), photoshop once in a while but nothing serious. The only gaming I do is freecell and online games (addictinggames etc.), once in a while I'll play Rollercoaster Tycoon or Starcraft.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (going to run Win XP)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, frys.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: No real preference. I've been looking at Intel CPU, WD hard drives, don't know much else
OVERCLOCKING: doubt it. maybe in a year or so
CROSSFIRE: no I don't game very much
MONITOR RESOLUTION: don't know. Not much.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need wireless internet. Just want a basic computer that is relatively inexpensive and will last me for 5-7 years. Needs to be able to handle basic functions such as streaming "high def" video and live internet radio as well as downloading large files such as torrents. I like the idea of USB 3.0 & 6 GB/s SATA.
Items and prices are from Newegg except the case. After comparing to zipzoomfly it was cheaper:
Questions: Is this a good setup? Have I made any mistakes in compatibility? Should I upgrade or downgrade anything? Is there a difference between USB 3.0 and "True USB 3.0"? Will the motherboard I chose (8 channel audio) be able to play my 2.1 speaker system?
Just want a basic computer that is relatively inexpensive and will last me for 5-7 years. Needs to be able to handle basic functions such as streaming "high def" video and live internet radio as well as downloading large files such as torrents. I like the idea of USB 3.0 & 6 GB/s SATA.
Two articles that u just have to know (or anyone planning long term DIY for that matter):
The P67 and H67 will take over the "Premium and Mainstream" market segment currently dominated by the P55 and H57 chipsets. This is necessary given that the future Sandy Bridge processors will be rolled-out on LGA1155 sockets, as opposed to the existing LGA1156 socket used for the Lynnfield and Clarkdale Core i3 and i5 (and also i7-8xx) processors.
For me if $$ no object go X58/Nahalem else AM3 with native SATA 6GB/s (800 series mobos) and full bandwidth/speed next gen SATA/USB connectivity at a really nice price ^^ The 880G mobos with HD 4250 IGP are already good to go for non gamers
I think I am going to stick with the Intel and p55 board. I have spent a lot or hours researching and picking parts. Everyone I have talked to at various electronics stores prefers Intel over AMD. I have heard that Intel is more stable over time (3+ years) and that AMD processors progressively lose performance.
I am still curious about thoughts on the wi fi card.