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Final computer build THIS WEEKEND ... last-minute advice?

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September 4, 2010 6:24:40 PM

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.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED (New, recently purchased):

MONITOR: (Existing 32" LCD Monitor/HDTV)

CASE:

CM 690 II Advanced - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY:

Corsair HX650W Modular - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM) - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVES:

Samsung SH-B083L (Blu-Ray) - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung SH-S223L (DVD-R) - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL FOR PARTS NOT REQUIRED = $405



PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Frys.com (there's a Fry's superstore about 25 miles from where I live

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (me or the parts?) USA or doesn't matter

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: N/A

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Without spending a fortune now, I would like this computer to still be viable (for ME and my basic functions) five years down the road.


THE REST OF WHAT I PLAN TO BUY TOMORROW ARE AS FOLLOWS:

CPU: Intel i5-760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P55a-UD3 (but this is very flexible)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3 1333 (also flexible)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar 320GB (flexible)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

STORAGE HARD DRIVE: WD Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER: CM Hyper N250 (stock cooler for i5 just looks wimpy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

... and this next piece is my BIGGEST QUESTION:

VIDEO CARD: MSI ATI 5450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

... 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!
September 4, 2010 6:58:33 PM

Sorry to hear about the PSU purchase. Coulda got an 850 watt XFX black edition (which is nicer) for the same price.

Besides that it looks pretty good.
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September 4, 2010 7:48:38 PM

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.

Good luck.
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September 6, 2010 3:58:42 PM

Best answer selected by mcsmoothearl.
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September 6, 2010 4:01:22 PM

Good, solid advice ... the only thing I changed was the MOBO (went for ASUS P7H55-M LX because it was in stock, on sale, and would suit my needs).

This thing runs like a CHAMP! Fastest computer I've ever owned ... I'm extremely happy!
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September 7, 2010 11:58:54 AM

Thank you for selecting me as best answer.
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