|I intend to build myself a new computer and wanted some advice on what to look for in the various components, and what brand, specs, etc other people consider to be good/bad. I've been looking around and for some things it just seems they all look the same.|
The plan for the computer will be to run Windows 7. I'm a fairly standard user, so don't typically do very high intensive gaming or anything like that. A lot of components on my current computer are either broken or too old to be useful for such a new system, so new ones of them will need to be purchased, but some are quite adequate.
I'm willing to spend a bit of money on this, as I would like it to be adequate and functional for many years without replacement or upgrade being needed, but at the same time I'm not willing to cough up for the top of the line components if their functionality is far beyond what I would actually need.
OS: Windows 7 for definite. Home? Pro? Elite?
Other software, eg Office: Just going to go with what I currently have, since it's adequate, and I can easily upgrade later if needed.
Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse: Already have them.
Hard drive: Current hard drive is old and clunky, but ok, so will probably use it as my secondary hard drive. Would like to purchase a solid state hard drive though, even if I only put my programs and OS on it. Advice?
Motherboard, CPU, Case, RAM, PSU, graphics card: Will be purchasing all these. Advice?
Sound card: Is this even needed? I can't get a clear idea of this.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, no matter how much or how little.