Parts not required: OS. Am planning on using Linux Mint since I've heard its the easier for first time Linux users to understand. I know Ubuntu is probably the most recommended. I know Ubuntu suggests 32-bit over 64-bit. Why would something like this matter? I also like the fact that Linux Mint offers an OEM version.
Preferred website for parts: Newegg
Parts preference: Stick to $300 for the rig budget and $500 total budget. If there is anything that will improve performance
for little to no additional cost or reduce cost with little to no reduction in performance, that would be great.
Overclocking: No Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: I've read some of the other threads and think that all the pieces are fine. This will end up being my second build so I'm taking what I learned last time into account as well. The only thing I'm not too certain is the CPU. It seems like all the other parts are over the top and it has this CPU. (I will list some other alternatives I believe won't go over budget with some gain).
I also chose the peripherals with cost in mind. A larger, more expensive monitor doesn't seem like something they would need. Also I went with corded mice and keyboard so that they wouldn't have to deal with batteries. If they feel like they need wireless I'll order that instead. Are those built in speakers in monitor any good?
I've read before that unless your MOBO supports SATA 6.0 Gb/s you won't gain anything if your HD does. I know that basic use won't even put a dent in a 1TB HD, but you never know what the person might be using it for in the future. How would more cache improve HD performance?
Please, dear god, spend the extra $50 and get a 23-24" monitor. Its SO worth it.
Agreed that the spinpoint is unnecessary. Also note that newegg prices fluctuate constantly, and there are weekly sales. $10 here and there can make a huge difference in a budget build.
I purchased one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
over christmas break for my dad who had a 19" monitor for many years. For several days he kept raving about how great it was to have a larger screen, and how he could put up two documents (or a browser/document) side by side and actually read them both.
A 23" 1080p monitor has about 50% more screen area and pixels than a 19"