Approximate Purchase Date: in 2 weeks
Budget Range: $650-750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, Watching movies, Basic Applications (Word,Image viewing applications), Office work(VPN), No games.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts I already have : Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Amazon.com
Location: Fremont, CA US
Parts Preferences: i5-3470, SSD, preferrably small form factor(Micro or MIni),
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Dell 23-inch Wide ST2320L 1920x1080 full HD
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, fast, reliable and future upgradeable PC.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I always wanted to have a desktop, now two of my laptops are due for upgrade. Also I like to leave the desktop running, the laptops get hot if I leave overnight. It’s time for me to get my Desktop.
3. I'm not sure it will help you much given your current computer uses, but I'll point out that if you go with that adapter and the Fractal Design Core 1000 case you can afford to upgrade the CPU to the i5-3470 you originally wanted.
Thanks Lighter.I like HD4000, I read somewhere it follows the open standards thought will be interesting Linux might take advantage of this. At some point I will experiment ($25 dollars is what I am paying for). Also I like the Hyper threading and would stick to i3 as I may not take full advantage of core i5. I changed the case after your suggestions. Guess the build is finally shaping up, I will order this weekend.
I'm entering this conversation a bit late, but, unless I've missed something, why no conventional hard drive. An SSD is great for OS, and stuff to which you need fast access, but it's not cost effective for other stuff. You will soon find a 120GB SSD full of a lot of mundane stuff, that really belongs, on a conventional drive. Even if you only add a small, slow, cheap HDD, I would have thought it worth that small expense.