Building with leftover parts

Approximate Purchase Date: Its kind of an on-going thing so whenever is fine

Budget Range: $300-375 before rebates & tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Video/image encoding/editing (sony vegas, sorenson squeeze, adobe stuff, maybe some auto CAD & 3D stuff)

Parts Not Required: CPU, Heatsink, Ram, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Optical Drive, Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,, etc (Any)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1680x1050

What I have so far...

CPU: (Friend upgraded to X6 and traded it to me for a hockey stick)
AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor HDZ740WFK3DGI - OEM

Heatsink: (Got it cheap a few months ago for $15.99)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Mobo: Help

RAM: (Pulling from main rig)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

Graphics Card: Another friend bought it cheap to use in his new rig until AMD's 6000 series were released but couldn't wait and got some GTX 460s. Sold to me for $40)
Zotac GeForce GTS 250 675MHZ 1GB 2.2GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E DVI VGA HDMI Video Card

Hard Drive: (Pulling from main rig)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: (Pulling from main rig)
LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE/ATAPI 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

PSU: Help

Case: Help

Operating System:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Additional Comments: Just looking for cheap or decently priced Mobo, PSU, Case, Monitor, Mouse & Keyboard. This is a secondary system being put together with leftover parts so I don't want to spend too much on it.

I've been looking at the antec three hundred+ BP430PSU but I'm not sure if the PSU can handle the system with a GTS 250 because I will be overclocking the CPU as well.

Thank you in advance to posters.
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  1. According to the Nvidia website ( the minimum requirement is 450W.
  2. Best answer
    ^ Actually you can power that GTS 250 with a PSU less than 450W, but the above BP 430 is not it,...
    Mobo -
    ASRock 770 - A decent mobo IMO would suffice for a secondary PC...

    PSU -
    Corsair 400CX - Has 30A on the 12V rails...
    Or if you skeptical about it, then this would be a good alternative -

    CASE -
  3. Thanks for the great suggestions Gkay.

    That mobo and case seems decent enough for the price. I like that they both come with eSata, which will be great for transferring files to my external hard drives. I'll get that 500w Silverstone Strider as I can pick it up at the NCIX store and probably price match it down cheaper to Direct Canada's price.

    Any suggestions for a cheap 1680x1050 monitor a mouse & keyboard combo?
  4. LCD - This seems to be a very good deal - Might not last long I guess...

    Finding a KB and mouse might not be that hard I guess...
  5. Hmms...That LG monitor seems decent enough but its lacking a HDMI port which I really want. This PC will be going in the room which my younger cousins like to hang out in when they come over (I don't let them fool around in my bedroom :lol: ) and I want to move my PS3 over there for them to play with. I can wait for something else to go on sale I guess. The next weekly special at NCIX starts tomorrow so there might be something nice.

    Yea, the keyboard and mouse shouldn't be too hard to find but I was just wondering if there were any spectacularly cheap must-haves that I was unaware of.

    Anyways, Thanks for the help.
  6. Best answer selected by karma831.
  7. Mouse - This Microsoft mouse is very good...Instead of buying from newegg, do an in-store purchase...

    KB - This looks good, but still costly for my liking if you want a simple KB...

    If you are OK with recertified products, then check this
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