APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Looking to buy parts in the next couple days BUDGET RANGE: 400-600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, media, gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com/tigerdirect.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Only preference is AMD phenom 955 be, or i5 really. Seeing as the budget is tight though I could sacrifice a graphics card for integrated, and just not worry about the gaming aspect for now, I would however like to be able to do that at some point and not have to buy a new mobo. That is probably asking a lot, which is why im so flustered by all the choices out there. aside from the processor i dont have brand preference, just something quality/affordable with decent specs.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would really like to be able to build the system off of an i5 or 955 be, just wondering if it can be done within budget.
So you need everything on $600? I hate to point this out, but neither the i5 nor X4 955 is really in the budget if you want to do any gaming at all. If you need the OS, they're not in the budget period.
Here's about the cheapest build you can get without losing quality:
Only a slight problem with the case/PSU (which was just brought to my attention earlier): the PSU doesn't come with a power cord. I would imagine that buying one would cost about $10, so you might as well get the 650W combo.
Unless you have one from an old computer. I'm aware the PSU doesn't have a cable, but I have a whole box of them in my closet so I forget to mention it. That is certainly something to keep in mind if you don't have a power cable available.