The reason I’m asking, is when I built my first computer, it was because the Dell I had at the time fried 7 times before the warranty expired. I learned through research that we were expecting to much (mostly games) from a weak PSU and no airflow. I kept the HDD out of the Dell, but when I hooked everything up, some of the components was not recognized because I had changed from the Dell components. I had to purchase a new OS ( xp), reformat, and install drivers and such myself. I understand that we will have to purchase a new OS for her computer down the road, but I’m wondering if there is anything I can do to get her new computer up and running first and buy the new OS later.
Now for the components:
She mainly uses the computer for the Sims series of games, after that, just internet. As times are tough right at the moment, I'm trying to do the build with a budget of a little over $400, which I believe will be closer to $500-$600 by the time I'm finished(buying a few parts when I can).
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
ASUS M4A77T/USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Sorry this post is so long, and thanks in advance for suggestions.
ETA: one more question, I've looked at windows 7 for system builders. Would that be a good option? It says that Microsoft doesn't provide end user support. Exactly what does that mean? Will they still provide regular updates like SP1 if needed?
Edited by odie462, 18 August 2010 - 09:14 PM.