Most of the computers I've used in the past have been pre-builts from Dell. This time around I decided I would get better parts and build it myself, but I am by no means a tech guy. I chose these parts through independent research and reading posts on similar rigs on the forums. These prices are from newegg.com, but once I decide on final components I will shop around for the cheapest places.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ($110)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz ($200)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AMD 890GX ATX AMD ($140)
SSD: OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 50GB SATA II ($150)
* Will be used for Win 7 OS and a few other background programs only.
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjays Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR3 1600MHz ($90)
Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler ($40)
Fan: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm ($25)
* Since I haven't started this build yet and I haven't determined how many fans I will need, but this particular one received very positive reviews over different sites and is my choice unless somebody can convince me otherwise.
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX 12V ($90)
DVD/Blu Ray Drive: Still looking.
Total cost: $1,150 (not including the fans)
I am fairly sure all of these parts are compatible but I've never built a computer before, so I'm not 100% on it. My original price limit was $800, but I decided to upgrade a few things to make it last longer. It is stretching my budget already, so please keep that in mind if you have advice for different components. I am not a super avid gamer, but I'll buy something new if it catches my eye; most recent was SC 2. My most important goal for this build is really good multitasking performance, something I am not able to do with my current computer.
My biggest concern is the space inside the case when the cooler is attached to the motherboard. Some reviews on the cooler stated space issues. Any advice/help on that would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Thanks for the fast reply. The case, memory, and motherboard (it was in the running for my options) are fine and look like a good deal (thanks a lot). But I've seen really bad reviews for included power supplies before. Is it easily removable so I can switch it out for my choice if there is a problem?