A 250 gb Seagate 7200 rpm harddrive a relative gave me since harddrives are
just too expesnive new right now.
and some cheap dvd burner i can pick up locally
this will be going in a Emachines T2885 case that the power supply went bad in and took the motherboard out.
Ill be running xp pro 64bit for a couple of months then when hardrives finally come back down in cost I will get win 7
1st part of my question is anyone have any of these parts and whats your experience
2nd part is I want to keep the wattage down on this rig but I want a video card that will out perform the integrated HD1000 on board for cheap..... would prefer an nvidia because of a certain game i use has ATI support issues ... I would prefer newegg or tigerdirect (being as I can get the Processor for cheaper at tiger ill be shopping at both sites. )
spend just a little more than the Antec Basic 350 then. On the 350 I'd suggest an AMD HD 6670 as the best choice without needing any extra power, NVidi is just not as good as the 6570/6670 with any low-end chip. a HD 6670 performs similarly to a GTS 450
spend $15 more for a Corsair CX 430W PSU ($44.99 plus a rebate at the Egg), and you can put up to a HD 6850/6870 or GTX 460/560 in there.
All of that came out to be $255.94 without a hard drive and video card. I already had a spare 500GB I used along with a EVGA GT 430. This is my HTPC build that has performed WONDERFULLY for streaming movies, videos, watching DVDs, etc... I think I spent just a little over $300 for everything (video card and HD was bought recertified).
Not sure what you'll be using this PC for, but for an HTPC it's PLENTY enough... (I also tried out my GTX 550 TI video card on this setup and it also played a lot of the modern games without a hitch [cpu didn't bottleneck gpu]).