Reason for build: need a 'portable computer' and want something other than a laptop (have one already).
Main use: various windows applications, photo video editing (possibly on dual screens), rare gaming, watching movies on another TV (via HMDI).
I know price of the system will be 'expensive' compared to a standard tower build, but portability is a must due to travel to remote work locations. Considering i was willing to drop $1600 on a new notebook, i am willing to spend that on this system.
I have minimal experience in computer building, never built one from scratch, but have removed/replaced parts in desktops before. I have a techie buddy on backup, if need be.
I put this system together on newegg, and just looking for feedback, and if all the parts will even 'work' well together:
-Shuttle SH55-J2, barebones system, with Intel H55 (LGA1156); other option Silverstone 05/06, with better motherboard? ($240)
-core i5-650 3.2GHZ LGA 1156 73W Dual Core ($188)
-Corsair (or kingston?) 4GB DDR3 1600 ram, possible go up to 6GB? ($105)
-Plextor 24x DVDRW ($30)
-optional video card; Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450, or maybe GeForce 240 (not sure if mini HDMI on GTS 450 can be used to feed out direct to TV??)
(will on board graphics be enough, if minimal gaming is being done?, and will it work with this setup?) $135)
Operating system, probably Windows 7. ($150)
That's around $900, leaving me $600 to pick up a nice monitor (or 2).
Maybe this is too much 'power' for what i will use it for, but for me, nothing is more frustrating than a slow computer.
Thanks for any help.