I want to build a new PC to replace my dad's 3.0 GHz Pentium 4. He mostly uses it to surf the internet, although he also does some music production (Cubase, Sonar, etc.). I don't know how he can stand using such an old computer. So I basically want to get the most bang for the buck. It will not be used for gaming at all.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)
Budget Range: $350 to $500 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, music production, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD
I basically want the cheapest graphics card that can handle Win7 well. I chose the cheapest case that didn't have terrible reviews. I'm not sure how much power I'll need. Basically the computer will just have the aforementioned parts plus 4 hard drives and a CD drive.
The 3 GHz P4 should honestly be perfectly adequate for the tasks mentioned, given a fresh OS install and enough memory, as is my 1.3 GHz Celeron laptop for music, surfing, and general office work...(I am unfamiliar, however, with Cubase or Sonar, sorry, perhaps they are intensive apps? I personally don't see a hugely noticeable 'Windows experience' difference between 1.3 GHz Celeron/XP2000/A64-3500+ for most day to day uses, save for gpu equipped gaming machines.
However, the rig you have spec'd looks nice enough, if you are determined to spend the money....