MicroATX Slim Audio/Emulation/Video Home No Gaming, Budget <800$


Dec 1, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 Weeks, or can wait for Holiday Sale -- not in hurry.

Budget Range: Less than 800$ please.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running GNS3 (routing/switching/network hardware/software emulation for home testing), making/converting HD videos, watching videos, listening/converting lossless audio, browsing internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: Motherboard, CPU, Ram, Power Supply, Case, SSD for OS/Booting (will use my other hard drives for storage/main use), Nice audio (I'm an audiophile, entire library lossless), optimal drive for reading CD/DVD/Bluray, room for extra network cards nice but not required. Sorry if I missed something. Please feel free to ask.

Do you need to buy OS: No. But my office has some extra Window's 8 licenses, should I go ahead and upgrade?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, other shopping advice welcome.

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Parts Preferences: MicroATX Slim Case, no gaming card needed, no floppy drive please!

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1200x1024 (17'')

Additional Comments: Please ask me any questions. Your questions will help to make my purchase better.

Current build: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400, ATI Radeon HD 3850, 3GB Ram, Windows XP (plan to upgrade -- should I go ahead an move to Windows 8 or stick to 7?), WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B2, ST3160023AS. I have a Rosewil RD 450-2DB -- can this work with my new system?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want to get rid of large tower, better computer for making HD video files (currently takes me 2-3 hours for 20-30min. 720p video), and capable of running complex GNS3 systems for testing (it's important to my job). Current computer is about 6-7 years old.