Final Thoughts on First Home Build System

Hey guys this is my first home build and I’ve learned a lot from this website but I just want u guys to take a look and give me a few suggestions before I buy.

Purposes for new computer:
Minimal video editing, not enough to buy a quad
Non-video intense gaming, I game but not like large video intensive games like WOW
TV Recording
Blu-Ray viewing (I have a Toshiba 32” (32HL67US) can I hook up my comp to it via a dmi to hdmi/hdmi to hdmi cable and have it view? I heard there was some sort of protection with the blu-ray’s)
I have a decent surround sound system, 5.1 surround Logitech Z-5500
IT Ability, I’m a college IT major and want the ability to interchange certain parts to check and fix other people’s computers
Basically a Home Media computer


CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

GPU – SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
94.99 -

Cd/DVD - LG Black LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM
139.99 -

CASE – One of the following:
Antec Performance One P182 ATX Tower – 79.99
Cooler Master CM 690 NVIDIA Edition ATX Mid Tower – 109.99

HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
69.99 -

24.99 -

MOBO - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
114.99 -

PSU - RAIDMAX AURORA 2 RX-600F 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V - 34.99

OTHER - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI
$74.99 -

Any and All comments will help, THANKS!!
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  1. Two changes needed. First is the PSU. Get a quality PSU like this CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W. Second, go with a HD 4830 over the 3870. The 4830 the same price point but provides better performance.

    As far as the case goes, both are quality cases but the CM 690 is much more economical. Also consider the Antec 300 and Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB as its only $5 more than the Barracuda.
  2. +1 on Slomo4shO's suggestions. Raidmax PSU's are a definite no-no unless you like sparks and burned hardware. :)

    You should also consider the WD6400AAKS HD. The 640GB drives are considerably faster due to higher data density on less platters. It's also only $5 more than the one you linked:

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

    Edit: Slomo4shO beat me to it with his edit.
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