I'm thinking about a new desktop for basic home use... surfing, movies, photochopping, maybe some light video editing, etc. No gaming. Current system is ~8yo (?) Athalon 2100XP w- 1.5GB and it's just a little too slow with Win7. So here I'm aiming for a budget system that'll be fairly future-proof, still kicking like 6-8 years from now (with minor upgrades as needed).
Here's what I have, it'd be great if someone could sanity check this and/or suggest reasonable upgrades and/or cost-reducing options. It's been a few years since I've built a completely new system, and a ton of stuff has changed, but it seems the same rules should still work for choosing compatible parts etc.
I also thought it might be fun to post this as kinda an old skool G|A Hardware thread, like back in the day when there was regular geeking out over OCing, upgrades, new builds, etc.
Proc: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core ($120)
Mobo: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX ($60)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($40) <--jeez, this stuff got cheap!!!!
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s ($60)
Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP ($40)
Power supply, video card, wireless card, optical drive(s) will be scavenged from existing system. Also will be moving over one or more IDE HDs to use for storage.
The vid card I currently have, a PNY VCG84512SPEB GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI, is probably the weak link in the system but I think it'll do for now, yes/ no? I'm planning to go ahead with this one and upgrade it at a later date, but I could be convinced to spring for a new one now if someone wanted to make a case for it.