Hi all. I've been mulling over building my first computer for months now and finally decided that no time is better than summer. I have an OEM copy of Windows 7 I purchased for Boot Camp use. Is it possible to reuse this after deleting the Win7 partition on my Mac?
Approximate Purchase Date: August 1st
Budget Range: $750 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light browsing, Folding.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None.
Overclocking: Maybe in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: Currently 1440x900, will probably upgrade for Christmas.
Additional Comments: Power efficiency preferred, as is quietness.
Legend, if you look at what OP says, he says he wants a quiet system, Folding hikes up the temps pretty high on the CPU end which is why I suggest that he get the Mugen 2.
Also I just noticed you want to fold. In that case, in my build switch out the 5850 for a 550 Ti (I don't usually recommend but now a days it's cheaper than the 460), the CUDA will help during Folding and save you money, also just downgrade the case in my build which would save you some money.
(Downgrade to 550 Ti save $40 and $15 more after rebates). Also, drop down the case to the Smart One saving you $25, and just get the Hyper 212+ which would save you $20.
Total: $653 before rebates, that'll leave the $100 for the windows.