Approximate Purchase Date: Soon as possible really
Budget Range: 800 before rebates - no issues purchasing with rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Center - XBMC will be installed - want it to be quiet during video time - but also play games. Arkham City/Diablo 3/Emulators (up to PS2)/Indies! On a 42 in 1080p monitor
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com - because I have Prime and their credit card, giving me a 3% kickback on amazon purchases - newegg.com because I have shoprunner and just have always liked Newegg
Country: USA - Virginia
Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel/Nvidia - Not a fan of AMD
Overclocking: Most likely not
SLI or Crossfire: Not smart enough
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 - I think
Additional Comments: from my slickdeals post - case/power supply already purchased - see below
1. Purpose of computer: HTPC & Gaming - mostly HTPC - so quiet is preferred. I've bought a few of the pieces so far (mentioned on a per item basis). Here are my concerns with the list below -
is the PSU strong enough?
Will it be quiet?
Am I missing anything important? Like fans?
Will it handle Diablo 3 (for the GF, I mostly rock cheap indie games!)/
Anyway to could get the price down?
2. Budget: Want to stay under $700 if at all possible
Well you definitely wont be overclocking with those components .
And you definitely dont need 8 gig of RAM . Game performance wont increase with more than 4 gig and nothing else you do requires any where near 4 gig .
A 550 ti wont game that well at 1080p . Maybe at low detail settings you will get playable frame rates .
You could use the onboard video now and add a graphics card later . That way you can have a better 500 watt psu and the blu ray drive
I might suggest this EVGA unit instead. It has a superior dual slot direct exhaust cooler which will get the hot air directly out of the case.
EVGA also has a 90 day step up program if you should find that you want a stronger card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I think for your use, a dual core i3 2120 would do the job, but I can never argue about going to the newest technology.
You could save a bit there.
You might want to look for a low profile aftermarket cpu cooler with a large, slow turning fan. The stock Intel cooler does OK, but under load, it can spin up and be noisy. But, try the stock cooler first and see how you do.
Since you have already bought the psu, it is somewhat of a moot point. But, it should be quiet, and should make a bit of noise when under load, and that means gaming. I would keep it.
I love the SSD for the os, particularly since you have plenty of hard drive space for overflow.
I like the Intel 330 series. The 60gb unit is only $65 after rebate. It should hold the OS and a few games: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 120gb unit would be even better.
If your old copy of windows 7 is retail, or upgrade, it is considered as retail and can be transferred to a new motherboard. If it is oem, then legally, not.
MS does not seem to be particularly picky about moving an oem or any license, as long as you can reassure them that it is being used on only one PC
Okay, was able to delete my extra posts now that I have okay internet.
Most of my parts came in on Monday, I was able to put it all together and get it up and running surprisingly well after a few unusual issues that I've since worked out. Here's the final list of parts
The sata 3 ports have higher transfer rates which can only really be pushed by the SSD. You can pick any of them.
In the bios, select sata mode as AHCI(not ide or raid). That will give you trim support.
When you install windows on the SSD, disconnect any other drives, otherwise, windows will attempt to put a small recovery file on them.