a friend of mine is looking at a new computer and I've talked him into piecing it together like this. However I think we'll get the store to actually put it together just in case something goes wrong then i'm not responsible.
Budget is around $700
use of the computer is general everyday computer use. Not really a gamer although I'm sure he would partake if the system were good enough.
All the parts should be from Memory Express. They do price match and have decent stock so it's all good.
So this configuration is around $820 + whatever they charge to put it together.
We may be able to take out the OS and he just use the windows XP he has. Also the vid card can be removed. Although I'd really like him to get a vid card =)
Core i5 760 2.8GHz $209.99
Asus P7H55-M Pro $99.99
Patriot Extreme Performance gaming series DDR3 1333 (2x2GB) $49.99
WD Caviar BLK 640GB 7200rpm w/ 32mb cache $64.99
HIS Radeon HD 4350 $49.99
Corsair CX500 power supply $59.99
Cooler Master Elite 310 case $47.99
+ dvd drive and windows 7
would it be practical to add a SSD to this configuration?
Also, what about a AMD cpu build? Are they on par with Intel as far as performance???
AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3) = $134.99 vs the i5 at $209.99
A SSD upgrade would easily slip into that system.
AMD/Intel CPUs are both excellent options for an all-round general purpose computer. AMD does have a price advantage pretty much inline with the overall performance. Phenom II X4 955 vs Core i5-760 benchmark comparison
The only suggestions I have would be a HDD performance upgrade; the 500GB or 1TB version of the Samsung Spinpoint F3, Seagate 7200.12 or WD Caviar Black over the 640GB HDD.
And replace the HD 4350 video card with the HD 5470 model.
If no video card upgrade is in the future you can drop the PSU down to the 430W model.