Need some advice on my 1st build...

please help i really appreciate any comments or advice. i will mainly use the computer for burning/recording tv/web and some gaming. i am on a budget of say $730-$780 and want to build a fast, powerful, yet affordable system. well here is what i got so far:

cd/dvd burner:



hard drive:





total $727.33 minus shipping and video card.

some changes i was considering was the mobo. are there better ones with similar features at lower prices? sorry im new at this.

the it better getting a 4200 or stay with the 4600.
i keep hearing how am2 is the way to go and thats what i would like to go with unless im hearing wrong.

oh and as far as video cards i have an ati hdtv card and ati 9200se but was thinking of getting a video card later unless there is a good one out there that is not too pricey ($130 max). and maybe with sli? thanks guys :)
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  1. I'd say go for the 4200 and spend some more money on a newer video card or more RAM. I'd also suggest getting a 2x512MB setup so that your RAM can be dual-channel.

    For the VC I'd suggest a GeForce 7300GT or 7600GS. Under $100 and should last you until DX10.
  2. I'm going to go one step further and say get a 3800, then put the money towards something else. Here are my suggested changes:

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+

    Motherboard: Asus M2N-E <--- There is no reason to go SLI, unless you're going to be gaming at resolutions of 1600 x 1200 or higher, or unless you want to use more than 2 monitors.

    RAM: When buying ram, ALWAYS get 2 sticks for dual channel, better yet get a matched set for the best results in terms of stability..... this Corsair XMS2 set should do just fine.
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