I want to build a budget computer for gaming, watching movies, and mainly music. However I won't be gaming anything high-end (e.g. Crysis) and don't care if the settings are set to medium quality so long as the game works pretty well. The highest system requirement I might want to get in with games is maybe HL2 and STALKER Clear Sky. So at the least I want to be able to play those games with a good FPS.
What's most important for me on this build is being able to upgrade hard drive space. With this budget, I know I'm going to have to sacrifice on the space part for a while but want to have future space in hard drives for lots of storage. Right now I'm looking at something around 3TB of space for upgrade reasons. Currently my drives are of IDE type, and I've heard that they don't work with some newer (then mine of course) computers. My knowledge is limited so I'm not sure but I want to be able to put my old drives into the new comp if possible. This is however optional and if it requires significantly more budget I wouldn't go with this.
For this build I don't need a mouse, monitor, keyboard, or soundcard. I'm not going to overclock or do any other fancy stuff. Also I live in California so taxes and shipping is applied. If possible I might be able to up the budget by about 30 more dollars but would be really hard to push up the boundary after that.
Also, this is not really a problem, only a bit of gripe, but I would like the computer to be running fairly quiet. This will be turned on 24/7 mostly and its in the same room as where I sleep. Since I'm not overclocking, I don't see it as much of an issue, but well, here it is.
I've only grabbed two parts I'm keen on, but quite clueless on others.
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Harddrive: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive