Since my 5+ year old computer died on me, I put together a new build, I'd love to get some opinions on it:
Keep the old one
Antec Sonata III Midi-Tower 500W ATX 2.2 92,26
2x Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB 32MB SATA II 158,78
Hannspree XM verona, 22", 1680x1050, VGA, HDMI, Audio 199,00
Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 512MB DDR2 34,43
Corsair XMS2 DIMM Kit 2048MB PC2-6400U (DDR2-800) 39,36
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L 66,38
Intel CORE 2 DUO E7200 2.53GHZ 106,90
Arctic Cooling Lüfter Arctic Freezer 7 Pro,alle LGA775 13,25
Total + shipping - 719,96
I'll be using this pc mainly for surfing and to watch hd movies. I don't plan to do any gaming and I know that I would have to get a new graphics card if that changed.
Some part-specific questions:
I'll be using XP 32bit, is it worth it to get 4gb of ram instead of 2? I realize I'd only be able to use something like 3.5 due to limitations.
Will the e7200 be enough to play back 1080p mkvs? I opted for it over the e8400 because it's almost 50 cheaper.
Should I get the EP35 instead of the P35? What's the difference between the two, I believe I've read something about the EP35 being more power efficient.
I won't overclock the system (the CPU cooler is for noise reduction), will the one 120mm fan that the Antec Sonata III comes with be enough?
I know it's not necessarly a HTPC, but video playback is very important to me, I just wanted to make sure this pc will handle that well without being too loud. Thanks!