Hey, thanks for the responses guys!
I have a new LCD screen so I don't require that expense.
I'd like to keep the final cost below $500 as I am not a gamer and don't need dual graphics cards or top of the line GPU.
The onboard graphics for my prospective MB is ATI Radeon HD 3200 - I'm not crazy about onboard "OR" ATI. Every ATI card I've ever owned had very short life span.
I prefer PCI graphics handle all the video demands rather than burden the system resources - BUT - In the interest of keeping costs down I will settle for the onboard initially. Eventually I will purchase a PCI graphics card with abundant video memory.
I am seriously considering the - G.SKILL FM-25S2S-64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) $140.00
I think that would be great for the OS and my office suite. I don't know enough about these Solid state drives to make an educated decision but I presume using one would negate the need for running swap file and temp folders on a second HD. (unless I used 2 separate Solid state drives?)
Originally Posted by patonb
Are you using the onboard vid card?
How olds the psu? Its the back bone of your system, so a break there can cause isues down the line, and even destroy other new parts.
However, a 550W psu, and the version onsale at the egg of yours is definately fine.
As its an amd, i'm clueless on the cooler.
I forgot to address your question about the P/S.
I bought it less than 2 months ago to replace a 300w - I wanted to see if my current problems were related to low power. I run 3 separate HD and a DVD R/W and wondered whether I was drawing to much power from my nVidia card? Apparently not.