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Advice on a New Build: $400-$600

Hello,

I'm thinking of building a new computer for my wife. She would use it mostly to store tons of pictures, stream TV and movies, and do some photo editing in photoshop. Maybe a little casual gaming too, but no big time AAA titles. I'm looking to spend between $400-$600 on the build. I built my own gaming PC two years ago (it's been great all this time) for about $1500 and got a free power supply along with my case. I'd like to use the power supply in this build, but I'm not sure if it has enough juice. It's a Rosewill rp550-2.

I'd probably be buying the parts slowly over several months as I'm saving up for everything. Anyone have any advice, or suggestions on a sample build?

Thanks!
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    There are some big discounts right now (monitor, RAM, etc)

    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 + AMD Athlon II X3 445
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.547316
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    LG 22X DVD Burner + Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.542821
    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

    $326.94

    Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254044

    Grand Total $466.93

    Edited, I had two monitors in the basket
  2. Why take chances with PSU? Rosewill are actually improving with the Green series and Xtreme series 80+ but outside those i'd say a decent 80+ PSU for peace of mind is a wise investment hehe Either way for less than $600

    Tower @ $437AR


    23" LCD $120 Free Ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824114004

    $557AR Grand Total
  3. Thanks for the build advice. I think I was a little late on a few of the offers but most of them are still available. I forgot to mention that I also wanted to have wireless internet in the tower as well. What part do I need to add for that. I was searching on Newegg but I may not have been searching for the right thing.


    mosox said:
    There are some big discounts right now (monitor, RAM, etc)

    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 + AMD Athlon II X3 445
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.547316
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    LG 22X DVD Burner + Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.542821
    SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

    $326.94

    Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254044

    Grand Total $466.93

    Edited, I had two monitors in the basket
  4. Sorry, I don't live in USA so I don't know what kind of wireless you need do you know what kind of wireless adapter is good for you?
  5. I think I found what I needed with the wireless, but the case/DVD combo has gone off the site. Can you recommend another one?

    mosox said:
    Sorry, I don't live in USA so I don't know what kind of wireless you need do you know what kind of wireless adapter is good for you?
  6. Best answer selected by jack641.
  7. Thanks, I jumped on this. Will have a new PC to put together soon; should be fun! This processor would require a 64 bit OS, right?
  8. No, you can use whatever OS you want only if you're getting a new one it's better to get a 64-bit (Windows 7) because the 32-bit version can use only some 3.4-3.5GB of your RAM.

    LE
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building
  9. Thanks for all your help. I don't need a heatsink for this, do I? I won't be overclocking or anything like that, just running it regular.
  10. No, you have a heatsink that comes with the CPU.
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