Budget Range: Up to $500 before rebates (see additional comments)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: MS Office, Quickbooks, Internet, Occasional Quark use
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (will run 7 Pro)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon, Microcenter brick & mortar
Parts Preferences: Intel based, DVD burner required, 4GB RAM to run Quark
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments: This will be replacing a 6+ year-old Dimension 9150 with a Pentium D that is just worn out.
Got a lot of ideas from the BestConfigs thread, but I'm trying to cut the price closer to $400 or less. Basically, I've been given $500 to spend on this build and whatever cash/rebates are left at the end is my bonus/payment for building.
Also doesn’t need much local storage. Most data is stored on NAS – currently using 56GB on internal drive including XP. Considering just a 128GB SSD for OS and local storage – thoughts on that? Would it offer noticeably faster performance?
This is an MATX build with B75 (yes) and a lesser but still powerful CPU than the one that was previously recommended. Also included a strong PSU in case you want to add a graphics card or more storage later on.