1st time builder advice, $600 system for video, webcam, surfing...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Will order this week.

BUDGET RANGE: $600 or so. (Flexible...okay if a bit over.)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video editing, DVD burning, Webcam, general web stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS. (Currently have XP2, but want this build to be able to handle Win7 64-bit in the future).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Tiger seem to be the places to go.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATX Mobo format in non-cramped case.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure, but it's a Hann 19" LCD set at a pretty common resolution.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a first time build I'm doing for my dad. He doesn't need anything crazy fast. He doesn't do gaming at all. Mainly, he wants something that: 1) can handle his video work (transferring and editing old home moves to DVD...no crazy effects); 2) will allow him to use his Logitech webcam (he wants to enjoy webcaming with the grandkids without the current jumpiness and jerkiness that he currently gets); 3) allows him to continue other online activities while he is rendering a video or doing a virus scan, etc. His 6-year old Dell is way past its limit!

While we are looking for something that we can upgrade (if needed) in the future, we're not looking for cutting edge, overclocking, etc. I want to be able to build this with him as our own little project together, and mostly want to tap into all the knowledge here to make sure I'm not underpowering or overkilling this thing, as well as making sure all this stuff will work together.

Appreciate all the help you guys give. I've read through a lot of the forum, but it does get overwhelming after a while! Thanks in advance for your helpful advice and recommendations.

John

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NOTE: THERE IS AN UPDATED PARTS LIST 4 POSTS DOWN
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PARTS LIST...

PS: Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 Active PFC Power Supply ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371023

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (Combo price below)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128438

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (Combo price below)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103809

*** Newegg offering the MOBO & AMD as a combo ($272) ***

RAM: Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1339 (2 x $57 = $114)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148221

GPU: BIOSTAR VA4653NH51-B Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141113

OPTICAL DRIVES: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM (2 x $22 = $44)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

TOTAL COST: $640.

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Once again, thanks in advance to everyone for taking the time to advise us on all this!
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.361308

    This combo has integrated graphics that should be decent enough for his use.
  2. Thanks for the info, Antis...

    Only thing is, I know exactly what Dad will say when he sees the flashing lights inside his computer: "What the HELL?!!!" lol.

    I suppose I could just order the individual parts that are in the bundle and then substitute that Antec Three Hundred case from my list.

    You mentioned the integrated graphics on the MB in your reply. Here comes a newbie question for you...

    How important is having a dedicated video card for a computer that you don't plan on using for gaming? In other words, does the video card do a lot of the work when rendering/editing videos or using a webcam? Or are those things more dependent on the processor and RAM than the video card?

    Thanks,
    John
  3. Thanks for the feedback, JB...

    Glad to hear that my original list made some sense. I guess a lot of people going for their first build have the fear that they'll order a big pile of parts that won't be compatible. Well, at least that's MY fear!

    Thanks for the tip on the OCZ power supply. Looks like a good deal. The memory you suggested also looks to be faster (latency 7 vs. latency 9) for just a buck more. Also took your suggestion on the replacement Sapphire GPU for the out of stock Biostar.


    Based on your suggestions, MY UPDATED PARTS LIST...

    PS: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 ($45 after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($55)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (Combo price below)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128438

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (Combo price below)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103809

    *** Newegg offering the MOBO & AMD as a combo ($272) ***

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH ($115)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card ($85)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102874

    OPTICAL DRIVES: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM (2 x $22 = $44)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($55)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    TOTAL COST: $671.

    Anything else I should consider? Other suggestions...or should I pull the trigger with this set-up?

    Thanks again for all the help,
    John
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