oo thought it would last longer. o well thats newegg for ya.
yes, the combo was a cpu/ram combo. that ones no longer available so ive found this one to replace it instead.
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with that combo along with the other components i had originally listed above ^, the total comes to $514 with a possible $30 back in rebates.
that cpu/mobo/graphics card combo that you found was actually the first one i had posted before i edited my post because i had found some better deals that reduced cost.
for the hdmi question, youd be connecting your monitor to the graphics card, so it wouldnt matter if the mobo came with hdmi or not. the graphics card in the combo comes with a dvi-to-hdmi adapter, so yes, you will still be able to have hdmi.
and for the hdd, green, black, and blue are some of the different drives that wd offer and they vary in performance. i dont know any exact specs but i have a good idea of their differences.
the green drives are a bit slower and are mostly used for just storage, although it can still be used as a primary drive, itll still work. they are called "green" because they are supposed to have smarter technology to consume less power, which is why they are slower.
the blue drives are faster and i guess are mostly used as affordable OS and program hdds.
the black drives are the fastest drives out of those three. they offer similar performance to wd's "raptors" which are supposed to be really fast, but you dont pay the premium. the 640gb black is perticularly fast, and it fit into your budget thats why i put it, but if you dont think youll really need that you can get a 320gb blue for $50.
for the OS, you can use xp if you want, itll save you $110 which is what vista would cost you. if you dont want to spend much now, xp will be fine. if you decide to get vista, itll come with a free windows 7 upgrade.