New to the Community and looking for pro advice

Hello All,

I'm new to this community/forum and have been browsing for the past couple of weeks.

I'm looking to build my first PC and want to be sure I'm doing this right.

My primary use for this PC is: Video/photo editing (PhotoShop and Corel suites), Internet browsing, watching movies, no games (sorry y'all)

Below are the components I'm currently considering. My budget for this project is quite low - $400 - 500.

CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0ghz 95w - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

MoBo - Asus M4A87TD EVO - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647

Case - Rosewill Destroyer ATX Mid Tower - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144

PSU - Cooler Master Silent Pro 600w - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

RAM - OCZ Signature 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 - $67 After MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227589

HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue - 640GB 7200rpm, 16mb cache - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

DVD reader/writer - Asus Black 48x/24x - $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total thusfar is aproximately $470


Originally I was planning on getting a Sapphire Raedon HD 5670 512mb video card, however, I just discovered an ATI Radeon x600 256mb card from an older Dell sitting in my office. Will this video card suffice for my PC usage purposes? (here are the specs I found from Dell http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/video/P98391/en/specs.htm)

Any help/advice you are able and willing to offer will be greatly appreciated. Like I said at the beginning of my post, I'm pretty new to all of this, so please excuse any 'uneducated/stupid' questions I may have asked.


Thanks in advance,
Alex

UPDATE
I changed the MoBo to an Asus M4A88TD-V which is the same price of $110 - and has an onboard video chipset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131646

Am I better off with the previous MoBo? or this updated one? also, would I still want to use that ATI Radeon X600 card that I have lying around?
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  1. You'll probably want a better video card if you're doing video encoding and photo editing.

    Here's a setup for under $500 with a video card that should handle anything you can throw at it.

    CPU: Athlon X4 640 $99.99

    Mobo: Asrock 870 Extreme 3 $89.99
    It's probably a bit overkill for your system, but it's a good motherboard and inexpensive.

    GPU: HIS HD 5550 GDDR5 $65.99
    A great little card, and only $66.

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws $72.99
    OCZ RAM has been finicky lately, so it's generally not recommended these days. I'd rather pay the extra $6 for the proven Ripjaws.

    Case: Cooler Master RC310 $39.99

    PSU: Silverstone 350W $44.99
    Your 600W PSU is way overkill for this system. It won't draw more than 300W. This one is from Silverstone, a proven maufacturer and is 80 Plus certified.

    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $54.99
    One of the fastest 7200rpm hard drives around. Also one of the cheapest.

    DVD: Cheap SATA burner $16.99

    Total: $481.92
  2. coleam45 said:
    You'll probably want a better video card if you're doing video encoding and photo editing.




    A video card will make no difference to speed in photo editing, and none in encoding either .

    Id go with the original build but add the
    Asus M4A88TD-V , drop the video card
    and unless you need the extra storage then go with the Samsung F3 since it is a faster
  3. Outlander_04 said:
    A video card will make no difference to speed in photo editing, and none in encoding either .

    Id go with the original build but add the
    Asus M4A88TD-V , drop the video card
    and unless you need the extra storage then go with the Samsung F3 since it is a faster

    I stand corrected.

    I would still consider downgrading the PSU to a 350-400W unit to save a bit though. Something like the one I mentioned in my build or the Antec EarthWatts 380W should do the trick.
  4. coleam45 said:
    I stand corrected.

    I would still consider downgrading the PSU to a 350-400W unit to save a bit though. Something like the one I mentioned in my build or the Antec EarthWatts 380W should do the trick.


    Thanks to everyone for their advice and expertise.

    When considering a PSU, I was under the impression that I would need:
    100w for CPU
    225w for 4GB RAM
    30w for MoBo
    20w for PCI cards I may add
    50w for the Raedon x600 graphics card
    50w for two hard drives
    25w for optical drives
    100w cushion

    Total= 600w

    Please correct me if my PSU understanding is inaccurate.

    Alex
  5. Your numbers look pretty good except for the RAM. 2 sticks of DDR3 will only add about 10-15W. Your video card number might be a bit low for that particular card; the ATI X series were pretty power-hungry. If you decide to use the ATI card, you'll probably want a 400-450W PSU. If you stick with the integrated graphics, which may be a little better, or at least on par with the X600, the 380 or 350W PSU I listed should be fine.

    Here's a power supply calculator to help you: http://www.antec.outervision.com/PSUEngine
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