I'm building my first computer as a replacement for my very-good-to-me five-six year old Dell. She's a good ol' computer, and runs very well after I stuffed another hard drive in her and some RAM. Unfortunately, the game I play (It's world of warcraft, shh! Don't tell anyone!) is getting some nice graphical updates -- and while super awesome graphics are not very important to me -- I'd like to be able to experience the new and cool additions. And because I am the geek in my family and like to consider myself frugal.. getting a desktop that has everything I want in it sounds like a much better option to letting Dell decide what I need for the price I can afford.
Let me list for you what I would use it for:
- World of Warcraft
- Adobe Flash creations
- Graphic Design using Photoshop
- Web Design using Dreamweaver
- Video Watching
- Music Listening
- Web Surfing
So I've been eyeing the Econobox for months and I am finally ready to buy. I had a couple of questions:
The Graphics Card says "400 Watt or greater power supply recommended" but the PSU suggested in the Econobox is only 380 watt. Anything to be concerned about?
I have a separate hard drive that I keep my data on already. I was going to take this out of my Dell and put it in my new box. I really don't need a 1TB HHD just for the OS and programs. But when you tell people: Hey, I need a smaller Hard Drive.. they stare at you like you're crazy. Smaller HDD = smaller price. I'm taking the advice listed here and going with 4gb of RAM.. which bumps the price up. A cheaper hard drive offsets this nicely. Would appreciate any suggestions you have for a HDD smaller then 500gb. (I was eyeing this, if it makes any difference).
and just as an FYI: I have already bought an OEM copy of Win7 Home Professional 64bit.
Any advice and suggestions you have are much appreciated!