Hello! I am building a PC from scratch for the first time (although I am no stranger to PCs and swapping out parts).
Approximate Purchase Date: In the next two/three weeks
Budget Range: $500 - 600 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: MSI NVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti, Antec Neo Eco 520C 520W RT PSU (although I could buy another one if it limits my part selection), monitor, keyboard, mouse, WiFi card, HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: I lean towards Intel CPUs, but if AMD is more powerful for a lower price, then that works.
Overclocking: I would certainly like this to be possible
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Preferably, I'd like it to be somewhat quiet and look nice. Also, please include the OS in the price (Windows 7, $99) and if you could also add in a headset with a mic, that would be great.
If I am asking too much for such a low price, tell me what I can change from the above list to make it more powerful for the same price.
I think that the best budget case is probably the Antec ThreeHundred Illusion. It goes on sale often for around $49.
I'm an Asus guy, when it comes to motherboards.
I think GSkill has some great value in their RAM.
I like the Xigmatek Loki a bit better than the Hyper 212+
All the other stuff from z_4 i included.
In @ $ 608
One more question: I am taking the hard drive out of my current PC (with files, an OS, and everything) and putting it into the new build. Will that cause problems in the future? Should I just go with a fresh install?
Is there any way to do a fresh install of Windows 7 without formatting the HDD? I have almost 1TB of files and nowhere else to put them. Also, the copy of Windows 7 is OEM (the PC was pre-built) but I am planning on buying Windows 7 retail. Trying to see how I'm supposed to go about this all without losing my files.
You should be able to download an image of Windows 7 that matches your build, then use the same key. You might need to call the Windows validation line, but usually you can transfer an OEM license a few times.
You might consider buying another HDD, like a 320GB or a 120GB SSD and using that for your OS then your 1TB as a storage drive.
I don't have any room in my budget for an SSD right now, so I think I'm going to shrink my current partition, make a new one with the free space, and then install a fresh copy of Windows there. Sound like it could work?
Parts are purchased (although all the great deals and rebates expired before I was actually able to secure the money). Ah well, the parts should be arriving sometime Wednesday and I will get started on the build!
Also, deciding to use sysprep to change my Windows 7 install into a generalized OOBE install without losing (much) data. If that fails, Paragon should be able to use Adaptive Restore.