HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKB 500GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80
Overclocking: Maybe. More likely eventually.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Unsure, have not researched monitors yet. Will go with HD.
Additional Comments: I am generally looking for a budget pc that spends money in the right places. A slightly better performance now, with room to upgrade in the future without gutting it and starting over. I did not forget a graphics card. In reality, I plan on using it for video clips right now more than video, and was hoping that I could upgrade in the future, but that I can upgrade with a graphics card in the future.
Thanks for the insight. In the little time I had this weekend, I went through. Was going to update the motherboard to the 880G/850 chipsets and then found a good combo deal, so I stuck with what I had. Did update the hard drive to the Samsung.
Also, downgraded the CPU to Athlon II X3. Thanks for the advice there, I went back and forth for a long time.
Other than that, took the opportunity to dig deeper in the well and found a computer that is $778 with windows and monitor. Still have picked up mouse, keyboard, webcam, speakers. But that is easy.
Thanks for the insight both of you. Here, if you want to know, is what I wound up with.
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LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $25.99
memorex 4.7GB 16X DVD+R 30 Packs Disc Model 97823 $0.00
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS MS246H Glossy Black / White 23.6" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ