Looking to build my first PC on a budget
Hello, forum members. I am looking to build my first PC. I would like to spend ~500 however i'm willing to put off buying all the parts at once in order to get more quality parts if necessary. I must warn that I am a complete noob and I don't know much about choosing the right parts. I would like this computer to function as a gaming and video editing PC. I am more familiar with intel cpu's and was leaning towards i5 but i'm open to going the AMD route if it's better. I wanted at least 4GB of ram to start but I want to be able to expand to more if I choose sometime down the line. I want to run Windows 7 64 Bit and I want to be able to use a full HD monitor. Any recommendations on what components I should pick up in order to achieve this?
this should work:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz $77
ASUS M4A88TD-V $120
ASUS Black 24X DVD $21
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 $140AR
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $50 AR
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP $50 AR
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $86
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $58
total AR: $601
its a little over, you could find a cheaper mobo, look for combos and deals, etc. maybe consider 2GB RAM, though 4GB would probably be much better bang-for-buck. sorry i dont know too much about amd.
cheap motherboard is cheap, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603&cm_re=am3_770-_-13-131-603-_-Product
bad ram is bad,
1. 7200.11 Barracuda i wouldn't go with : 7200.12 is fine
2. TA785G3 HD OC/Unlock enthusiast review
3. ModX is fine : the StealthX line is not 80+
4. A GTX 460 is a better buy than a HD 5830 let alone a HD 5770...
Thanks a lot for all of your input. I have a question, (once again sorry for being a noob here) but if I wanted to upgrade some of these components along the line would I come into any difficulty? Also I read somewhere that Phenom II X4 was more up there with the i5 is this true? I don't know much about AMD or Athlon.
I don't know if this makes a difference. But I wanted a computer that would be faster than my current comps. My fastest computer now is my Toshiba Satellite intel i3 dual core:
Now i'm guessing that since the Athlon is X3 that it would be faster than my Toshiba but i'm not sure I don't know how AMD compares to Intel. Also I do have a 2006 eMachines Desktop that has an AMD Sempron processor. I was wondering if it might be possible that I could use some parts from this like the mobo, dvd drive, and power supply? I figure the more parts I can use from my old PC's maybe the more money I can have to build a more powerful PC like a better cpu or graphics card. Or should I just do a complete upgrade?