My parents need a new PC and have asked me to build one. I built my own high-end gaming PC, so this will be my second PC I've built.
Like I said they would like to spend $400-$500. The PC will be used mainly for Word Processing and Casual Video & photo editing (Photoshopping, making movies, etc). Also regular stuff like burning CDs/DVDs, and other stuff.
Nothing too demanding like video games or CAD rendering or anything like that.
Here is what I threw together really fast:
LITE-ON Black 20X CD/DVD
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
MSI N9600GT 512M GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit
OCZ GameXStream 700W
Mobo: I have a Gigabyte and I really like it. It's simple to set up and all. I'd like to learn about RAID and delve into more advance BIOS techniques but I'll save that for my next gaming PC. So, any ideas for a nice mobo for under $100?
RAM: I would like to get the best bang for my buck, if ya know what I mean. I'm learning about bus and RAM speeds and such in school at the moment (working on my Networking Specialist Degree...) but I don't know much about these speeds yet. I'd like to buy 4GB of RAM if my budget allows.
OS: I'll probably go with Vista, I like it ok on my PC. I have Home and it meets my needs, will that be all right for photo and video editing as well?
Well I'm a bit over budget but once we get a general idea of what will be nice to put in this machine, we can slim down the spending a bit.
Thanks so much for looking and I look forward to your replies!