This would be my first build. I would appreciate any help on how can I get a home build with better performance than this system (if possible) for the same $1,700 price tag. What parts can exceed this for around the same price. It's the Base Configuration Hp Desktop Pavilion Elite HPE-490t series. Any help would really be appreciated. Thank you, the link on Hp's website is:
Yeah, But for around the same price or less, can I do better? Oh and it's not Dell it's an Hp.
Ok, to clarify:
I don't know if you'd save any money if you were to purchase the exact same components as that Dell PC yourself, but you'd definitely be able to select components that are more relevant to what you plan to use it for.
10+GB of RAM is extreme overkill, but a better graphics card will definitely give you a better gaming experience.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, gaming, watching standard and HD video, edit, converting, burning movies.
These should be the more intensive things you should be thinking about. It would be useful to know what kind of games you are looking to play. Games don't really require that much CPU. I don't know too much about movie editing/converting/burning, though. If its nothing too serious, you can easily build a machine to do all of this stuff for around a grand.
Intel's i5 760 is a nice place to start. If you want more powerful CPU's, the i7 950 is pretty nice too.
As for graphics, this place has some nice articles that you can read about.
I want to thank ALL the people who helped me gain knowledge on building my own PC. I have really learned a lot and found many new websites I can trust to buy my parts...Thank you all for your time and patience with me. You have steered me in a good direction.