I'm buying parts TOMORROW at Fry's, and I feel pretty happy with my planned build, but I would like to "run it" past you regulars on this forum so I don't make some "newbie" mistake.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sunday, September 5th (at my local Fry's)
BUDGET RANGE: $850 (not including the $400 or so I've already spent)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, watching movies, streaming movies from Netflix, ripping/burning CDs and DVDs ... that's all I do NOW.
(the following is "maybe" usage ...) Eventually I might want to try some DJ/remixing software to manipulate MP3s. I don't play games, but being able to try some simple games (nothing more than "The Sims" level) might be nice - but I feel that if I want to "game" I should buy an Xbox.
... my buddy who is helping me build this says that this card will be just fine for what I do and what I need (assuming I won't ever "game" with this computer). I've considered the 4670, or the 5670 as "middle-of-the-road" options, without getting drastic and going for the 5770 (which would be nice, but I'm not sure I need to go to that expense).
Any feedback on this planned build would be appreciated ... thank you!
The Corsair HX series is jonnyGURU recommended - you have an excellent PSU, and you do not need more than 650 w.
The 5450 will work just fine for you - it was designed for your needs, will connect using HDMI to your bigscreen TV, decode BluRay movies and even play the less demanding games you might get interested in. I'm just trying to think forward, and what you might use your PC for in the next 5 years.
If you decide to overclock, you have the aftermarket cooler, and a motherboard that supports it (actually almost begs for it, and it is an easy step after you build your own machine). Speaking of the Gigabyte board - it has SATA 6 GB and USB 3 so it is ready for the more advanced hardware in years to come.
Also, the configuration you are building will be expandable should you change your mind - you can always upgrade to a more expensive video card.
Down the road, when solid state drives drop in price, consider an upgrade there. Otherwise, you are about as future proof as you can be right now.
These are about the best prices you can get at Fry's at the moment, but keep on the lookout at your local store for any special deals that may be there.