I'm working on building my first computer--primarily because I'm convinced I can get bigger bang for my buck than anything prebuilt, and hopefully with something that will last longer and can be more easily upgraded in the future. ...But if after reviewing everything there's someone who thinks a prebuilt system would be better bang/bunk, please let me know.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 months.
BUDGET RANGE: $500-$700 Before Rebates, including shipping. The cheaper the better. INCLUDING PERIPHERALS AND MONITOR.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Running multiple programs (high internet use, Office, video), Internet, Word Processing, Video (including HDTV), and casual gaming (mainly L4D/L4D2, portal, and Bioshock 1 & 2).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (will be dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu) --already have
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Preferably AMD, but not opposed to Intel
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No / Maybe in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hoping for a quiet PC and within the budget. I would like a motherboard with lots of USB ports. This is my first build, so please recommend as much as possible
Case: NO IDEA! Doesn't need to be fancy--I don't care if there are side windows. Preferably black and still within $500-$700 budget.
Fan/Heatsink: I don't know what I need in this department...
SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I know I still need to buy a SATA cable). I may upgrade to have dual drives either another CD/DVD or a bluray once I have some more cash)