Building Computer

So I'm putting together a new computer with a current price on Newegg of $650. I'd like to keep close to this price if possible. The computer will be used for basic tasks as well as some gaming but really dont need the greatest gaming rig. I think I've got everything put together and I'm looking for an ok whether or not everything will work well together, or I'm missing anything, or not getting the best bang for my buck on some components. Thanks in advance.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Would like to finish everything this weekend but would prefer to have everything perfect before buying so really just in the near future.

BUDGET RANGE: US$500-750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Everyday tasks (ie email, internet, office), Movies, Gaming, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse (Logitech Optical Keyboard and Mouse Pair), OS (openSUSE, XP and eventually 7), Surge Protector, Hard Drive (500 GB Seagate Barracuda)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (Really doesn't matter too much to me whatever has best prices and still good service)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Nvidia and Intel build

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Planning on 1680x1050 but not terribly important

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Really just looking for a decent computer with balanced processor and graphics card at a reasonable price.


Below are the parts I've selected so far.

The parts all in my Newegg wishlist can be found at

Wishlist

Individual Parts

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

Rosewill R218-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E6300

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

Logitech Z-4 40 watts 2.1 Speakers - Retail
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  1. Hey blacksands,
    If you could take a quick second and edit the first post. Look at the link in my sig on how to ask for build advise. It has a format thats very helpful to us trying to help you. Mainly OS, keyboard, mouse? Those speakers too are going to kill a lot of other upgrades you should have.

    THanks and I'll work on what I can.
  2. I personally prefer to use Antec Earthwatts, PCP&C, or Corsair psu's because of their consistent high quality, so here's one with a single 12V rail that's in your price range:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703017

    $8 more, but no free shipping.
  3. ^+1 or 400CX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
    $45 after MIR.

    Everything else looks good!
  4. You will need a Hard Drive and a DVD/CD Drive

    Either of this HDs are good:

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    DVD/CD Drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153

    That Video Card ask for a minimum of 450 watts PCU, you will probably be ok with the Corsair 400 Watts, but just to be on the safe side:

    CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
    US$ 50 after MIR


    *Edit: Also, this monitor is better than the one your list for only +10 bucks after MIR

    ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

    Remember that the next time you upgrade your machine or buy a new one you will probably want to save some cash by keeping your old monitor.

    The rest looks good.

    Good luck.
  5. Thanks, wow I completely forgot the DVD drive, and I like the suggested one. And I already have the HD I guess I left that out. Thanks everybody for the input.
  6. You are forgetting the Monitor tecmo, also i edited my previous post with something about the monitor blacksands.
  7. Okay so first thanks for all the work. Then about the monitor, it also looks good, and I see that it has an HDMI connect which would be nice, and it also has a faster response time and speakers. Are these the main differences? I don't think I'll need the speakers but how much would I notice the difference between the HDMI and the digital is the difference only really that the HDMI carries sound and the digital does not? Then, tecmo I like the build thanks for an entirely different option. What I'm not sure about is the graphics card, i believe that the 4650 does not match up well against the 9800 maybe this isn't correct but not sure. Also I'm not sure how great the ati drivers are for Linux which was my main concern in sticking with the nvidia build. I have never actually used an ati build with linux so I could be wrong but just going with what I've heard. So anyway thanks everybody.
  8. blacksands said:
    but how much would I notice the difference between the HDMI and the digital


    You won't notice it at all, as you already know.
  9. blacksands said:
    Okay so first thanks for all the work. Then about the monitor, it also looks good, and I see that it has an HDMI connect which would be nice, and it also has a faster response time and speakers. Are these the main differences? I don't think I'll need the speakers but how much would I notice the difference between the HDMI and the digital is the difference only really that the HDMI carries sound and the digital does not?.
    The reason we choose the monitor is because of the resolution. Your monitor is 1680x1050 and our is 1920x1080.

    blacksands said:
    Then, tecmo I like the build thanks for an entirely different option. What I'm not sure about is the graphics card, i believe that the 4650 does not match up well against the 9800 maybe this isn't correct but not sure. .
    I double checked and I would have to agree that the 9800 is the better card.

    blacksands said:
    Also I'm not sure how great the ati drivers are for Linux which was my main concern in sticking with the nvidia build. I have never actually used an ati build with linux so I could be wrong but just going with what I've heard. So anyway thanks everybody.
    You are correct about Nvidia's support for Linux but I believe ATI has better support now-a-days for Linux from what I've heard. I have no experience with Linux with an ATI build as well.
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