At 10/19/12 12:08 AM, TMM43 wrote:
^ Threw this together to match what you're looking for.
The CPU is actually a brand new APU that just recently came out. It's a quad core and has built-in graphics capabilities that are waay above any other APU on the market. It should be able to handle any videos or movies very easily, and is still cheaper than the cheapest of Intel's latest generation chips.
The motherboard is a solid pick for the price. It's one of the most inexpensive boards that support the APU I chose and still has enough on it to suit any casual needs.
I decided on 8GB memory because, with the cheap price of RAM nowadays, it's silly to skimp out on it. 8GB is starting to become the norm, and at $26 that kit is pretty much the best deal available right now. It's the cheapest in terms of price per GB and it's from a very reputable memory manufacturer.
For storage you've got a 500GB HDD as well as a 60GB SSD. Together that costs about the same as a pretty good 1TB HDD. If you want to shave off $30 then forgo the SSD, but I highly recommend getting it and putting your OS on it as it cuts boot times and many other things DRASTICALLY. I'm talking 15-20 seconds to have you looking at the desktop with everything fully loaded after pressing the power button.
The case is a good one and is an excellent value for the money. It fits a micro ATX form factor motherboard, which is what the motherboard I used happens to be. It's also quite compact and won't take up very much space at all, if that's a concern.
The PSU is a 530 watt, even though you probably won't need anything above 450. I prefer to play it safe and go a bit above the spec just in case, though. Plus, it's modular, which will be very convenient when you're actually putting the machine together, especially considering the limited amount of space you'll have in the case. You could get away with using a cheaper, non-modular PSU, but in my opinion it's worth paying a few extra dollars for.
Optical drive plays Blu-Ray/DVD/CD. Pretty much self-explanatory.