Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP - may get Dell 8500, i7, 12mb, 2tb HDD, 24 " monitor $1,049.99
Budget Range: total $800.00 - 1200.00
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly use the system for internet browsing (music, streaming video, correspondence courses, etc...) right now my Dell 8300 can not handle the demands of my correspondence courses (video chats, powerpoints etc...), Secondary use would be photo processing followed by minor internet gaming (no real games just free stuff online). Other uses are office related.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, DVD drive, speakers, will likey purchase OS from school (windows 7 right now) I have a Dell 8300 to canbilize if necessary but it is 10 years old so not likely.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None
Parts Preferences: I like intel chips but have no real loyalty to any brands, just the ones that work best
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 or greater
Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC with front facing USB ports to charge MP3 players etc. USB 3.0, 10/10/1000 ethernet, My main goal is to get a PC that will last 10 years like my old one has (if everything has not changed in the next ten years)
Thank you for any help you al can provide. This will hopefully be my first build and I am looking forward to it.
Also I want a SSD but an not sure if it is necessary. What are the real benefits of an SSD?
BTW sorry for being so new to all this.
Get a better case before you get an SSD. I think if you really want a good system the case is important. Anyone who tells you to get a cheaper case on a $1K+ rig - ignore that advice. I think you should spend minimum $70, $100 if you want one like the Phantom I recommended.