SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows (would like to be able to output from the video card via HDMI out to my TV which doesn't seat very far away), Recording music (it's pretty basic..I just use Cubase and never have more than 8-10 tracks), Basic browsing. (Youtube HD, Hulu, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, HDD.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Haven't tried before, but I believe I have enough general knowledge to give it a try.)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a workhorse..not looking to do much gaming necessarily. But like I stated earlier..It would be nice to have HTPC like capabilities..be able to download HD videos and play them on my TV which sits 6ft. away or so.
Anyway, I completely agree with the above build. I'd see if you can find an OCZ 400W for a good price- usually they have mail in rebates. Antec earthwatts is also a great series.
I wouldn't sacrifice anything in the above build but I would go for the Athlon IIx4 620 for $100. And for a mild overclock, you don't need a better than stock cooler for them. My Athlon IIx4 620 is overclock from 2.6GHz to 3.25GHz on stock voltage with he stock heatsink and runs 25C idle, 50C prime95.
But yeah for the time being for your needs there would be no need to overclock. If you wanted to save some money you could even be fine with an Athlon IIx2 240 2.8GHz.
For the motherboard any AM3 motherboard by Asus or Gigabyte with radeon 4200 chipset will be good. If you want more graphics muscle (not necessary for your build) a radeon 4670 or 5670 is low powered and fine performing. between $70-100.
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
Antec VSK-2000 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Grand Total: $419.76
Because of the tax and shipping I thought I'd try and put something similar together @ Tigerdirect. How does this look?
The mobo is the Gigabyte US2H, not the UD2H..I'm not sure of the exact difference. Is that case and PSU okay? I'd much rather buy from there with free shipping and no sales tax.
You picked another AM2+ motherboard. They mislabeled it. I have that exact board. If you scroll down and look at "memory supported" it says DDR2. Also not one pin missing in one of the corners giving it a "notch" on one side.
Try this board: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Well, with the free shipping/no tax at tigerdirect..they actually come out to the same price. And although a graphic card isn't priority at the moment..it would be nice to be able to upgrade down the road. So, I think I'll go with the ATX board.