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New build advice - current PC dying (clean and easy to read post)

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Last response: in Systems
January 11, 2012 4:35:42 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Variable. This week if it's a good time to buy, otherwise I might wait if doing so would be beneficial. My harddrive on my 4-year old vista PC is dying, so I've already bought the HDD (for $100).

Budget Range: $500 or less (including purchasing Windows 7 Home Premium).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HDTV Recording and play back, Photo editing, Gaming (mostly strategy games like Anno 1404), Programming, Office, internet.

Parts Not Required:
  • 1) Keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers
  • 2) HDD (Seagate 7200.12 1TB [ST31000524AS])
  • 3) GPU (2 year old HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 512MB)
  • 4) PSU (2 year old Corsair VX550W - 550 watts 41A 12v rail)
  • 5) WinTV-HVR-1600 PCI card
  • 6) External USB DVD/RW Drive. Could I use this instead of buying an internal one? i.e. can the BIOS/UEFI (and/or OS) boot to the drive? I'm planning on giving away my old PC (putting the original PSU and GPU back in it) so I won't have the internal drive to reuse. I believe this is the one I have: Sony DRX-820UL/T)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable site

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences:
  • 1) INTEL CPU
  • 2) UEFI Motherboard to make 3TB+ drives easy to use in the future, unless this is expensive to have now
  • 3) Prefer case large enough for easy upgrades (i.e. 2nd harddrive, 2nd tv tuner card, etc).

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (main), 1920x1080 (occasionally use TV)

    Additional Comments: This is the first whole computer I would be putting together, so nothing too complicated. I try to stretch getting a new PC every 4-5 years.
  • More about : build advice current dying clean easy read post

    January 11, 2012 4:57:12 PM

    Case: Well idk if you like Cases with lights but
    Or like i have
    Optical drive:
    I use that Drive in my build and it works fine and is pretty fast!. If you like Blu-ray then maybe somone will post a link to one. I dont know much about Blu ray drives yet.
    Motherboard: As you can see im not much of a Intel person, I can't make a reccomend on what motherboard to get. However i don't reccomend playing it Cheap. Just make sure its a 1155 socket. I recommend ASUS or EVGA Then i would look at ASRock then Gigabyte. but ASUS first