$700 ~ $800 tentative parts list; total amateur seeking advice

i decided to build a new computer a few days ago, but it turns out i know next to nothing about computer hardware! :(

after a solid day's worth of research, i've come up with this tentative list of parts. looking for some knowledgeable people to weigh in!

first the form:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks from now

BUDGET RANGE: $700 ~ $800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshopping and light 3d (i do digital art), some gaming (sc2-level stuff)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: optical drive (from an old computer)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (or wherever offers the better deal)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: united states

PARTS PREFERENCES: no clue, sorry

OVERCLOCKING: probably not, though maybe in the future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no clue, sorry

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none


and here is what i have so far:



(shipping came out to $20)

for the processor i have marked either an intel i5-760 for $165 or a intel i7-930 for $210 (from a local retailer)

any help would be appreciated. thanks.
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  1. For the whole balancing act with apps + 1920 x 1080 gaming and for the $$ i would have to say the frames output with a HD 5750 blows so for me:

    Tower @ $690AR

    OS $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
    CM Hyper 212+ $30
    http://www.directron.com/rrb10212pgp.html
  2. EDIT: Dint refresh...Now the above build is within your budget I guess along with the OS...

    ^ I would accept that the HD 5750 is not a good buy...But I think he missed the OS...

    Some suggestions from my side...

    As you wont be overclocking, for now, then even the i5 760 is a good buy and that too for $165...
    The 6-Core would offer very good performance in Video stuffs but in Photoshop, I doubt it would offer better performance...

    i5 760 -> $165

    Components to go with it...
    Gigabyte P55A-UD3 + GSKillz 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.479227

    GTX 460 is a very good GPU, but if only SC2 type games, then even the HD 5770 would suffice..And that too at this price, it is a very good buy IMO,...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

    CASE + PSU - Though you wont need 600W PSU, but the PSU and case are one of the components that you could reuse even for the next build...
    CM 690 Black + CM 600W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.473630

    HDD - Cheaper at ewiz
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD502HJ&title=Samsung-SpinPoint-F3-HD502HJ-500GB-SATA2-7200rpm-16MB-Hard-Drive
    Or 1TB for $15 more ?
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Samsung-SpinPoint-F3-HD103SJ-1TB-SATA2-7200rpm-32MB-Hard-Drive

    OS -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    Total - ~$783 | $763 After rebates...

    But you should know that there is a probability that the next-gen CPU from AMD might fit in the AM3 boards, thus offering better upgrade path, but it is still speculation though...
    So if you want to stick with AMD, then this mobo or the MSI that batuchka linked...with the rest of the parts...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470531
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