First Build (non-gaming) - Your Suggestions Please!

Hi,
I'm considering building a desktop since it sounds kinda fun and I've enjoyed taking apart my laptop many times (and successfully putting it back together). I'm definitely not a hardware expert but not a total idiot either.
I'm also just not thrilled with any of the mainstream computer companies and don't feel the need to pay for their customer "support".

here's "the form":

• Approximate Purchase Date: By Jan 2011

• Budget Range: $600-$1000 (after rebates) but I could be convinced to revise this.

• System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, website development, office apps, audio recording and editing, streaming video content, basic photo editing

• Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

• Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com seems to be the most popular here

• Country of Origin: USA

• Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I'm interested in trying AMD, hdmi out, good sound quality, wireless networking. I have an audio input interface that connects via firewire that I'd like to set up as well. I'd like a big hard drive just cause.

• Overclocking: Maybe

• SLI or Crossfire: ?

• Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 - I would like to have this wired to my hdtv (42") for video playback as well as a modestly sized monitor for everything else.

• Additional Comments: I know I'm not planning on doing any hardcore gaming or video editing but I still want something fast.

Thanks!
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  1. I ignored the other stuff you said and went by this: "I know I'm not planning on doing any hardcore gaming or video editing but I still want something fast." This is overkill for surfing the web and media duties but you said $700-$1000 and FAST so here it is. You could get a way with a lot less for what you plan to do with it vs. what you want it to do.

    The choice of case here is arbitrary -- it's a highly rated case that I know well but you might pick something more to your taste/style if it's too ordinary.

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334
    $21.99

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    $59.95

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.526771
    $147.98 after $10 rebate

    ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.537712
    $309.98

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898
    $139.99 after $20 rebate

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275
    $79.99

    $759.88 + tax & shipping
  2. If it's not going to be for gaming you generally just want to focus on processor, ram, and storage and then add a nice multimedia card such as a 5450 or 5550. The cpu should just either get the 965 dougie says or an i5-750 both will overclock nicely and be very fast. If you do some serious photo editing you might think about getting 6 or 8 gb of ram so you have plenty of room to play around with. Then get as much storage as you need/want for your budget.
  3. Thanks for the replies. Here's what I put together from your suggestions.



    errors? what do you think?
  4. Where's the motherboard?

    ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.537712
    $309.98

    No combos on any of those parts with Win7 x64? Usually there's a ton of $10 off combos with Win7 x64.

    IMHO, this would be a better quality case/PSU choice:

    Antec 300 Illusion / Antec 650
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514534
  5. Good call dougie - too much switching things in and out and the motherboard slipped out I guess.

    I updated the post above with a new image

    Should I go for a less expensive graphics card? I'd like the option to play games but I'm don't play a lot. Other places I should cut back? add?
    thanks.
  6. 890GXes in general are over priced IMO - if u want 8/8 CF capability abd using discrete anyway i would say the Asrock 870Extrme3 is a winner ^^ If u not sure gaming on the table 785G/790GX or if u want USB/SATA 3.0 880G/SB850 would suffice and hold off discrete GPU till u start gaming
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