I am a complete newbie at building a system and I would much appreciate any help. I will fill out the template and post the links to products I thought would work.
I use my PC mainly for home office, not gaming or graphics intensive anything. Email, several windows open for internet based work programs, etc. My main concern is that it be futureproof (if that's possible) with a tweak here and there and not bog down like the Dell Dimension paperweight I have now and the other two IBM paperweights in the closet.
Approximate Purchase Date (within a couple weeks)
Budget Range as far under $1000 as I can get :-)
System Usage from Most to Least Important Mostly office, email, surfing the internet, some Youtube, but could change to light gaming if my laptop dies
Parts Not Required keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts mostly newegg
Country United States
Parts Preferences Intel Sandy Bridge, thought the new Z68 mobos would be futureproof
Overclocking Maybe later
SLI or Crossfire I don't know what that is, so probably not.
Monitor Resolution I'm not sure, I have a 17" flat screen monitor, good enough for now
Additional Comments no bling on case or anything, cheap as possible on stuff I don't really need. I have no idea which case to use. I heard Antec 300 or Cooler Master HAF 912, but I don't know.
OS: I guess Windows 7, and I assume I need 64 bit to take advantage of the system - hate shelling out for the retail version!
Truth be told, I'm afraid to put the parts together because I don't want to break anything and I don't really know what I'm doing, but I don't want another paperweight in 4 years and I don't want to mess with changing the CPU or motherboard anytime soon. If there's anything that I don't need in there, please let me know because this was not a good time of year for the Dell to kick it! If there are better deals somewhere other than Newegg, please tell me that, too - I never built a computer before so I'm not sure where to go.
I don't think I need a graphics card right now and I'm trying to get by with the cooling system that comes with the CPU and whatever fans come with the case.
Thanks so much in advance! I've been reading as much of your advice as I can - otherwise, there wouldn't even be a parts list!
And finally because of the HDDs prices it's a great idea to buy a small SSD now and when the prices are good add another HDD. The next one is clearly the best outhere both in terms of perfomance and reliability