My budget is around $400.00 for the computer alone for my wife and myself. I already purchased a new USB keyboard, I am happy with my wired mouse, VGA LED monitor, UPS and my all-in-one injet printer. We use it mainly for word processing, surfing the internet, and I like to stream video (standard definition right now, might at some point want to stream HD video). We have NO plans to do any gaming or video editing.
The computer I used the last six years is an Emachine T6212 with XP SP3, a 160 GB HDD, a CD optical drive reader and a CD/DVD optical drive reader/writer. As you can imagine it is showing its age but still works fine. I have a Comcast Broadband connection.
I assume I want as a minimum a 500 GB HDD at 7200 RPM, a 450 Watt PS, gigabyte (or is is gigabit) ethernet, 4 GB Ram (expandable to ?), not sure what CPU I need, would like at least 6 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port. I own a 250 GB external USB 2.0 HDD to back up my data.
I want a computer that hopefully will last a long time and can be expanded later on such as adding a GPU card. It is important that when I stream video it is smooth and not glitchy. Right now I occasionaly play DVDs but until I get a HD monitor I won't need a Blue Ray optical drive.
That's it in a nutshell. Since my current computer is still working I am not rushed to getting another one but I still would like to either purchase or build as soon as possible while I have the money.