*update for final decision* Help with first time budget build's what I think I've decided on. Does anyone see any problems with what I've put together or any suggestions? I want to take advantage of the 10% Bing cashback today.

Processor: Intel i5

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Vid Card: SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Memory: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1333LV4GK

DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: black friday/cyber monday BUDGET RANGE: $600 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshop, general internet surfing, watching video, casual games

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, but I'm not opposed to making the drive to frys or microcenter in Chicago if the deals are worth it



MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't know, but I'm pretty sure whatever computer I build will work for now, but I want to upgrade to at least a 23" down the road.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like the rig to not be a power hog and be relatively silent. I'm not big on lots of extraneous glowing lights on the case either.

I've finally got the go ahead from the "spending committee" to build a new computer. If there anyone knows of any good deals over the shopping holidays I'm all ears. I'm ready for a roadtrip, if need be, down to Chicago if the savings are worth it. I've got a friend who will help me if I get stumped during install.

Trying to figure out all the graphics cards is making my head spin. I'm not a gamer so I haven't kept up with that.

This is mostly a general use PC that I'd like to be upgradeable for a while and keep the power consumption to a reasonable level.

Reading here has helped a lot, but I'd appreciate some options from people who know more than I do.


Oh yeah...I don't know if it matters much, but I'll probably use it to stream content via PlayOn or PS3 media server too.
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  1. Hmm depending on how casual your gaming needs are:

    If u need more juice for games slot in a HD4770? Non i5 solution though
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    ^ You can get very good deals on the CPU, mobo from both Fry's and Microcenter - The i5 cost ~$50 less when compared to newegg...

    Do check out at Fry's too...
    As for rest of the components, here goes...

    Mobo - As you will not Corssfire/ SLI, this would be a very good option...
    Gigabyte UD2

    RAM + Graphics card -
    OCZ Platinum + HD 5750 - Though you can do away with HD 48xx series cards, but I feel this is a better option for usage as the power consumption is low and is DirectX 11...

    CASE -
    Antec 200

    PSU -
    OCZ Mod

    HDD - Samsung F3 500GB

  3. Thanks a lot for the suggestions guys.
  4. *update at first post*
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