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Old December 14, 2008, 02:23 PM
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Default Lookin' for a place to start...

Hello there! Thanks in advance.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
  • surfing
  • "light" gaming (I'm too cheap to buy the new titles, so it'll be the old ones that are finally on sale! )
  • downloading
  • watching videos
  • photo editing
  • video editing would be nice too
2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
  • I like to keep it around $800.
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
  • no MSI mobos, other than that no preference (although I am liking the looks of the Gigabyte energy efficiency, and the modular aspect of some of the power supplies.)
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
  • monitor (19" WS)
  • mouse, keyboard
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
  • I have, and there is SO much stuff out there I need some advice on where to start. I read a review and think that's the one, then I read another review, and think, no this is the one, and then I read another review and...you get the point.
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
  • no overclocking planned
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
  • soon, but if there is a prevailing opinion that I could score some good boxing day deals I will wait. But I am thinking I want to be prepared with some options to snap up.
9. Other comments.
  • I am vaguely planning to buy a bigger monitor in the future so would like a video card that is capable of driving something larger. How large you ask? Nothing huge (the room isn't that big) and whatever the card will do.
  • I will go for Windows XP, unless there is a compelling arguement for Vista? (Games?)
Again, thanks in advance.

-RainMaker
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