i haven't built a machine in many years, could use some advice. trying to save $ by using some existing hardware.
parts i have:
1 mid-tower ATX case, i think it's a Sonata II. it has an old Asus P4P800 inside and old PS which i am NOT going to use.
PNY Geforce 9400GT 512MB - not sure if this will cut it
3x 3GB corsair TR3X3G1600C8D 1600mhz 8-8-8-24
if it is not worth using any of these just lmk, i am flexible. just trying to keep costs down.
GOAL- reasonably fast general purpose home machine, photoshop, stream videos from, eventually some light gaming like simcity 4k
would like to use my Samsung 40" lcd tv as monitor if i can achieve a clear enough picture (this is new to me)
i need recommendations on:
mobo & cpu (my bias is for Asus & intel i7 but i am open)
power supply. i will have 4 hard drives and some outboard USB stuff
i would love to check out any links to proven system recommendations in my range.
thanks in advance.
Approximate Purchase Date: anytime now until end of Nov. 2012
Budget Range: $1000 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: heavy internet research 100+ tabs in firefox, streaming movies to LCD tv, light video editing, light gaming (e.g. simcity 4)
Parts Not Required: Standard ATX mid-tower case i think it's an Antec Sonata II; 3x 3GB corsair TR3X3G1600C8D 1600mhz 8-8-8-24
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: by brand or type - here are my ideas, but i'm open-
1. a solid proven quiet, over spec'd power supply.
2. quiet aftermkt cpu fan,
3. quiet reasonably powerful gfx card
4. removable hard drive bay for 3.5" HD backups?
5. 128GB or so ssd OS & programs drive
6. quad core intel cpu?
7. wireless kb & mouse for the couch
everything quiet and low power "as affordably possible" since it will be in a small TV room and i intend to leave it on all the time
Overclocking: Yes, a basic config that i can copy from a website (recommends welcome)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe no idea what this means
Monitor Resolution: samsung 40" lcd tv 1920x1080
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
internal hard drive dilemma-
i have been using WD Caviar Blacks for 4 years with great results all around. however i would like to save energy and noise with this pc. am willing to sacrifice a little performance but not to much. product recommend?
external HD/backup: also i know how important warranty and backups are, what basic backup solution do you recommend for ~2TB? i bought a USB dual bay once and then learned that USB is always on and you can't schedule it to shut off. i would prefer my backup drive(s) to 1. be located outside of the PC case, and 2. spin down automatically.