APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 4-6 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing net, watching movies, listening to music, photo editting, occasional gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, or whoever has best price
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD cpu
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe at later date SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 X 1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build after using a mediore Dell for 3 years. I'm trying to build a system for everyday use like, surfing the net, watching movies, photo editting, etc. and maybe an occassional game, but don't have a very large budget. Would like to hear any advice and suggestions for the parts chosen or others and reccommendations for 2-4GB DDR3 RAM and anything else I may be forgetting. Thanks.
You chose quality parts so far, but there is one thing glaring at me. You have selected a 750w power supply to run integrated graphics. 750w is overkill even for a single dedicated graphics card.
If you don't think your occasional gaming requires a dedicated card like a 5750-5770 (or older) you could drop your PSU down to below 500w. If your occasional gaming could benefit from a new low/mid end card then i would go for 550-650w at most psu. 750w is enough for 2 of the new generation high end cards.
If you want to OC at a later date, getting an aftermarket cooler now and installing it at initial build will save a lot of hassle down the line.
The 650 will be able to power your system and any single graphics card on the market or coming to market in foreseeable future. The same can be said for the 550 most likely, but as dndhatcher said, after MIR there is no reason to get the 550 over 650 unless you want to save 3 dollars on your electric bill a year.
none, you'll gain, the athlon II X3 is a PII x3 without the L3, the diff between athlon II x4 and pII x4 is 10% in favor for the PII, I guess it is near for the x3.
also, the 720 is BE, ocing it is easy and it is a beast.