Originally Answered: Is this a good build for a PC tower? New build! Any suggestions?
So from what I am gathering, you want to build a media computer that will hook up to your TV. Although as you say you "might" play some online games, that isn't your intention.
Well, you should decide if it is your intention.
Let me put this into a perspective for you.
The media computer that I WAS using, was an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ machine. It had a simple 2.1ghz single core processor, 2gb of Ram, running on an ASRock board with XP Pro. I was using a Big Dog GeForce 5200 that had VGA, SVideo and DVI out. For storage, I would just add 500gb Western Digital externals when I needed more room. That was until last week... and I used that box for years as my Media machine.
Last week, the power supply finally died, so I took advantage of the situation, and decided to recycle an AMD Athlon 64 FX 3800+... it's a dual core 2.0ghz. It's a 939 chip, so I just got a cheap 939 board that would let me use my DDR Ram (no need to waste two perfectly good 1gb sticks). So, although I stepped up to a dual core, I stepped down in speed. I didn't need the speed for playing movies and music and surfing the net.
So, do you NEED what you are building for what you want to do? Absolutely not. Will you need the Core i7? Nope. Will you need a better video card later on? Nope.
Is there anything wrong with what you are building? Other than the fact that it is overkill in just about every area... there's nothing wrong with it.
I just would never use a Mustang SSP 5.0 to haul firewood.
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