1st time builder noob looking for help/advice appreciated!$800usd

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (about black friday) BUDGET RANGE: ($800-1000 lower the better)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (amazon (no tax) also newegg buying from california) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I'm thinking corei5)

OVERCLOCKING: No. will not be overclocking i would be happy with just a running computer. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Nope. Not interested in SLI or Crossfire.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would like a quiet PC if possible)

I plan on buying the corei5 from Microcenter for $150.

Any help or input would be appreciated thanks.
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    Everything looks good.

    For RAM consider: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 ($105).

    For a GPU, consider an ATI HD 5000 Series. Amazon has this: XFX RADEON HD 5850, although this will be out of your price window. You could also do an HD 5750 which will run about $150 (but has less performance).
  2. You cant get it up and working without some kind of graphics card (though any old PCIE graphics card would work for getting it working).

    You might get the i5 and a motherboard as a combo at microcenter. Gigabyte and ASUS seem to be pretty safe choices, ASRock, MSI and cheaper brands have had some issues with overvoltage protection. Also be careful with CPU installation as there have been issues with foxconn sockets.
  3. thanks for the feedback. i'm about ready to buy parts from newegg now and just wanted to finalize everything.

    microcenter i5- $150

    ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 [...] 6822152185

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM [...] 6827118030

    $69.99 - G.SKILL DDR3 1333 4GB Desktop Memory - Free Shipping

    it's going to be on sale for $70 on black friday
    the latency is higher but should be okay right?
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    Cas Latency 8
    Timing 8-8-8-21
    Voltage 1.5V

    antec earthwatt 650
    if it says 11/23-11/25 does it mean i'm still able to get the rebate if i buy it on the 25th?

    Im still uncertain about power supply though.
    also just wanted to make sure my parts would fit.
    am probably thinking about getting a 4870 possibily.
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