APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as parts lists is approved BUDGET RANGE: US $ 550-600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-tasking, photoshop, gaming, video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: key board, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, mwave, anything really wherever has the cheapest price


OVERCLOCKING: possible overclocking i dont really have the knowledge to overclock but possibly in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: needs to be able to run games such as Call of Duty 4 at high settings while having other windows open

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550




Vid Card


Now the PSU im not sure what i need exactly because i dont know how many watts
this system will require but the case comes with a generic psu that supplies
500W which im pretty sure is suffecient

now will this all fit in the case, is the generic psu suffecient? if not can you recommend one? and are all of these parts compatible?
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  1. buy a quality psu
    Junk psu's get rated at their maximum out put and quality psu's get rated for what they can handle 24/7 without shorting out and nuking your mb and cpu

    A quality 500 watt will do for your build , but 600 is a better call

    the case looks good but only has a single 80 mm fan . A case with atleast one 120 mm fan , and preferably 2 is a better call for a hot running modern computer .
  2. OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W $49
    Good price and much higher quality .

    Perhaps someone knows about your case , but its not me .
  3. Here is a really cheap case from newegg that is 29.99 after MIR. It at least has front rear and side fans. Ive not used a raidmax case before, but am considering it for a cheap computer for my son to play games on.

    With a good cooler like the dark knight, it seems pointless to not get a case with a fan to push in cool air from the front.
  4. Hey how tight is your budget? If not that tight consider antec 300.

    If you can, edit your post and post in the format suggested here:

    Also I would not consider the RAM that you selected. Get OCZ or better brands that's more reliable

    Also, for motherboard ASrock isn't that good compared to Gigabyte and ASUS, so maybe choose another with asus or gigabyte its probably cheaper and performs better

    For heatsink/cooler, get the core contact freezer instead, because it is cheaper and outperforms the s-1283V
    core contact freezer is in the top 5 of the rankings

    At last, remember to edit your post to post in the proper format, are you card..
  5. The antec 300 illusion is an antec 300 that comes with 2 front 120mm blue led fans.
    If you just get the 300 you will want to get 1 or 2 fans for the front.

    Here is the newegg link for the core contact freezer:
  6. my original post has been edited according to the suggested format. I chose that RAM based on the build guide shown here

    also do you guys think that it is overkill to use a quad core for this building seeing as how my purpose for this build is for mild gaming (COD4, TF2) and graphic design
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