Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks (pending check/time)
Budget Range: 500-600 < total after shipping/building
System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, homework (powerpoint and onenote usage), editing videos, editing pictures, maybe some gaming.
Are you buying a monitor: I currently have an old monitor and I'm thinking of upgrading
Do you need to buy OS: Yes > i have an OEM listed in my newegg wishlist, what is the best option?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, although i'd love to hear any opinions about other sites
Location: Winston Salem, NC, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, can be persuaded otherwise though.
SLI or Crossfire: No < a little too expensive for my range, right?
Your Monitor Resolution: if i did upgrade > 1920x1080
Here is my parts list:http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Publi ... r=21326066
I've always wanted an htpc, and if I ever get to build a pc with a full sized mobo and everything, I'd use the cheaper one I'm building now as the htpc. That being said, what case should I get that could be used as a normal pc for now, and a htpc later. Should I just get a normal case for now and transfer the components to a new htpc case?
I have two different graphics cards listed, one's passively cooled and the other has a fan, what do you prefer?
I also have two different cases listed, I definitely need some input on what I should do there. Should I get a different power source? I hear the ones that come with cases aren't very reliable.
Please, if you have any preference for part brands/types, let me know why! I want to learn the ins and outs of all of this, I'm looking forward to this learning process.