I would like input regarding plans to build a new PC... Here is info as requested in *How To Ask For New Build Advice*
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within next two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $500 - $600 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Home office use, no planned gaming, surfing the internet, burning movies, web design and digital imaging (wife is an artist and photographer)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've used newegg.com in the past but am open to other sites if significant savings
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, haven't really explored that area much
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 960 for the time being.. may upgrade to another monitor on a later date but for now biggest focus is on getting the PC built and running.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My current PC case is black, has a window and blue lights.. want black and red this time, window is optional. I have built one PC 3 years ago and performed a few upgrades and replaced the motherboard and have a general understanding of computer build and repair but not much knowledge of overclocking and CPU, BUS specifics.
I'm planning on running Vista but may want to upgrade to Windows 7 on a later date so I would like to have that freedom if not much $$ is required. Also, one of my pet peeves is lag, "not responding" messages or waiting for a program to open.. when I click I want action! so speed is one of my main goals.
I just noticed when I went back to view this that the links don't appear to work even though they worked before I posted it and they still work when I click them from within my wish list. Any suggestions?
If no gaming is involved, you could get away with just the onboard graphics on that motherboard.
The PSU is overkill, a decent 450W will do.
Thermal paste already comes pre-applied to the stock cooler if your buying a boxed retail processor.
You can then use the money saved to get a better processor.
Thanks.. will the onboard graphics be sufficient to run Vista or later Windows 7 if I decide to upgrade? Guess I should have mentioned my OS in the original post. I'm generally running digital camera, printer, smart phone, walkman off my USB ports, sometimes all at once, will that affect my PSU needs?
I agree with build's suggestions. There is no need for a separate GPU. The integrated GPU on the 785G board is plenty. A quality 450W is also plenty for your system. None of your intended uses will require a big PSU.
I would get the AM3 version of your motherboard along with DDR3 RAM with some of the money saved.