Just a little update, for FWIW. The gathering of parts has been slow going, due to my lack of work, but I'm getting there. Got my OS(Windows 7 Ultimate), motherboard arrived today, just ordered my CPU, so this is my collection so far:
I'm hoping to go with this
as a boot drive, and then go with a 500GB or Terabyte HDD for storage, not sure which brand yet, and(fingers crossed...) I'd really like to go with this
instead of the 80GB SSD, but we'll see.
Probably go with a pretty basic Blu Ray player like this
or something similar.
Quite a few of these parts were purchased at other sites, and I didn't pay what is seen at Newegg. I've got a couple new credit cards that either had a credit statement for signing up, or an Amazon gift certificate for signing up, found coupon codes, etc. etc. I've been working hard and scraping and scrounging every little bit I can, so as far as my budget, I'm doing pretty decent. Got a HUGE break on my OS(and yes, totally legal), so that helped. My CPU, for example, was 194.99 at Amazon, no tax, no shipping, and I had $10 in rewards points on my Discover card, so it was $185 out the door. Just little things like that help. Anyway, lack of work has slowed this down, and I've also been relying on cleaning out the closets and selling a few things on Ebay and whatnot, but I'm almost there. In fact, I'm an SSD/HDD away.....or maybe just an HDD away, if I decide to just go with a big HDD, and skip the SSD for now. I'm going to try really hard not to do that though.
Edited by Jim45, 15 March 2012 - 12:55 AM.