I pretty much lurked the forums for the past few months to get all of the various knowledge I have about builds now. Just about all of my questions were answered by searching, hence my low number of posts.
But now I'm done. My very first build. I don't do much of anything on my computer, because I have a Mac Pro for my CAD and InDesign work, so this is just for my general use etc.
So my budget was to build a low powered machine for under $500, but ended up spending $600 on a fairly powerful machine (heck it stacks up close to my Pro!) The computer, under a typical load, stays ice cold with all of the fans. Most are on about half speed.
Video card and HDD will be the first things to upgrade, when it's time. I got that card because I paid almost nothing for it (bought from a friend who bought the wrong type of card) I probably couldn't have bought a low end card for what I paid for that one
So in due time (when I save some more back up) I'll be getting a nicer one. Thanks!
You have a nice setup for "general use" its more than sufficient for hardcore video/audio editing maybe some 3D stuff with the 5450. Also is it passive (your 5450)? You could turn this into a HTPC build if you have a nice TV. Than you setup would be perfect with a couple more HDDs for live recording. But what are you planning on doing with it? If you want to game i would recommend a 5770 or above anything below might bottleneck. If you just going to poke around on the internet use average apps and such than keep the 5450.
Well, until I get rid of the old Mac then this is just an internet machine, more or less. By the time I'm ready to off the Mac, I'll be upgrading this one. For now though, it's the most powerful PC machine I've ever owned. I'm actually quite impressed!
You should be impressed you have some good hardware in it, I'm guessing your running Windows 7 right? I cant see your photos BTW. W7 is much better than Vista and XP, i actually got it to run on a 10 year old Dell Dimension 4000 (i think) laptop and its quicker than the old copy of XP. I don't know what graphics card you Mac Pro has but if you upgrade and your just planning on doing design stuff than a 5670 should be more than enough, there are always workstation graphics too.