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Could use some advice.... first time builder

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December 17, 2010 8:27:09 PM

For years I kept telling myself that I would just build my own pc and finally decided to do so. Unfortunately after reading many articles and doing what research I could I realized that I am out of my area of expertise when it comes to picking parts, ensuring there are no compatibility issues and just how much I need to spend.

I want to keep the cost down as much as possible while still leaving room for future upgrades. (I'm a poor college student so I need some bang for my buck :p ) I intend to use the computer for music, video, school, and the occasional game (mostly WoW).

The only real preference I have is that I do not want to go below my current processor, everything else wide open to suggestions and comments.

Here is what I have so far:
CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 955

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

Power supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

DVD rw -

HDD - Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD15EARS

I still need:
A cheap decent case
A cost effective video card
Probably a cooling system of some kind
Any other input you might have, especially in places where I can save some $$.

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December 18, 2010 1:05:47 AM

whats your budget?

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December 18, 2010 1:53:49 AM

CPU: Phenom II 955 $145
MOBO: AsRock 870 Extreme3 $90
Mem: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 $60
HD: Samsung F3 1TB $55
Optical: Asus DVDRW $17
Case: Rosewill Blackbone $40
PSU: Corsair 650TX $90
Cooler: coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

The GPU is up to you on how much your budget is...

You can go with a 6850/6870/6950 etc

Total without the GPU is $527

The 6850 is $180/6870 is $220/6950 is $300
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December 18, 2010 10:26:36 AM

My budget is around $750, can go a bit more but would rather not.

@Jasonh8806 Thank you for the reply, I'll check out the parts you recommended now :) 
January 2, 2011 9:42:22 PM

Best answer selected by stephenb.