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First Home Built Computer [looking for a little guidance]

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April 4, 2007 9:58:15 PM

I've been looking to updating my comp for a while now; my current comp is about 5 years now. I've been working with Photoshop and painter for a couple of years and now I've gotten to point where everything is just to slow to do what I want. So I've decided to upgrade.

I don't plan on doing anything really intensive after I build it and I can only afford about $1000. As I said before I want to use Photoshop and Painter. But I also plan on playing some games, spore, the sims, and maybe some WoW.

So fare this is what I've come up with. Any and all advice is welcome.
All from Newegg

ePOWER Warrior EPC-523BC-450A Black SECC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case PSII450W PCI express ready Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811202006
$68.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JSRTL 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail
Item #: N82E16822136046
$69.99

BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813138026
$78.99

Leadtek PX7600 GT Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814122245
$139.99

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817148027
$39.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
Item #: N82E16820211066
$129.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA4200CUBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103747
$99.99
April 4, 2007 10:35:45 PM

Nice picks. Glad you knew you need a good PSU, not the bundled piece of PSU. Everything matches, guess you have the rest.. DVD, KB, mouse, And What monitor are you working with?
April 4, 2007 10:40:55 PM

The psu you picked is crap. Get something with real 80% efficiency and at least 24 amps on one of the 12v rails.
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April 4, 2007 11:49:46 PM

This is the monitor that I'm getting.
ViewEra V174SD-B Black 17" 8ms DVI LCD Monitor, 6 months No Dead Pixel Guarantee - Retail
Model #: V174SD-B Black
Also I really don't know what kind of psu to use. Anyone have any suggestions.
April 5, 2007 1:20:17 AM

My firs comment is on the case. It has hardly any cooling at all. 1 80 mm fan and a side airduct. With the parts you ahev selected it shouldn't be too much of a problem, but if you want to upgrade of add more parts later you might run into heat problems.(I also think it's ugly, but thats not my choice)

Second: PSU. With your system you want 500-600 watts with at least 22 amps on the +12V rails. This is taking any possible future upgrades. Recommendations would include:
FSP Blue Storm II 500W 30A
Corsair HX520 40A
Hiper 580W 30A

If you can afford it the Corsair would be the best. It is highly recommended and offers plenty of power for your PC's future. Both the Corsair and Hiper are modular. This means that you only plug in the cable you need which will help with the airflow for your case.
Good luck.
April 5, 2007 2:46:58 AM

My brother's AMD rig that I built for him which draws MUCH more power than yours will is powered by a Corsair 620W PSU and it is grade A quality.
April 5, 2007 2:49:45 AM

Read the list. He has a 500W PSU and with the 7600 it is fine.
Cases are hard to tell, you like it, fine, look at adding fans if possible. If not, look elsewhere.
April 5, 2007 1:52:01 PM

Thanks for all the help guys. :D 
April 5, 2007 2:43:09 PM

I would look at 19'' monitors since they are only slightly more expensive and usually superior since most manufacturers shifted focus away from 17'' awhile ago. The same argument (with a bit more cost -- $40'') goes for 20.1'' monitors as of late. Of course with 20.1'' you might have to push more pixels than the 7600 could handle.
April 5, 2007 7:07:18 PM

It's not that the PSU doesn't have enough power. It's all about quality with PSUs and Apevia is not highly recommended. Yes it would be fine right now, but it will fail quicker than it should. Plus it won't handle upgrades well. It's the OP's choice anyway. He can choose to listen or he can keep the one he has.
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