Building a rig for a close friend, he wants it for gaming but he also does some graphic design for work. We live in Thailand so i'm afraid newegg links dont apply. his budget is approximately $900usd. Here's what I've managed for him so far, I'd really appreciate some input as this is the first pc i've put together in a long time:
MOBO: ASUS P7P55 LX
GRAPHICS: HIS ATI 5850 1GB
PSU: Antec Truepower Series TP 550watt
CPU: Intel i3-530 (no overclocking intended)
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4gb DDR3 1333
HDD: Western Digital 1TB Black
DVD Drive: LG DVDRW
Those are the only parts he needs. Thanks in advance for any input!
To be honest, you should go with an AMD build. Grab a Phenom II X4 955. You'll have better gaming performance than with the i3. The i3s are meant to be low powered HTPC CPUs, not gaming or processing powerhouses.
CPU: Phenom II X4 955
Mobo: Asus M4A79XTD EVO or Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. This will be cheaper and certainly faster than the WD.