System Usage from Most to Least Important: moderate gaming, HD movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (have Win7 64x)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: have been looking at newegg, tigerdirect, amazon
Country of Origin:USA
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU unless you can convince me otherwise
Overclocking: No / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
I have been doing some research over the past few weeks and have put together a list of what I think I want. Everything on the list is from Newegg for simplicity reasons. I think I should be good but I am very new to this and would like some more experienced opinions. Thanks.
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335 - $24.99
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153 – ($59.99 -$5.00 Instant) $54.99
I wasn't sure about the 4gb vs 8gb of DDR3 but I guess 4gb will be fine. I do like the Sandforce SSD 60gb and will update my list with that. I wasn't sure that the AS 5 was really needed but you have confirmed that it probably is not. Being my first build, I am not looking to get too complicated with multiple GPUs or things of that nature. In regards to the PSU, I was looking at the Antec NEO ECO 520W but the one I listed was the same price after rebate. I was looking at CPU fans (as posted above), but was not sure if this set up required one.
If you just want to nudge your CPU a bit higher (like 3.4Ghz ~3.5Ghz region) the stock AMD cooler is fine. Anything more and you'll probably want a stronger after market CPU cooler. AS5 thermal compound will improve performance a bit but isn't necessary if you're not going for the top end in overclocking.
Antec NEO ECO 520W is an excellent choice of PSU for any single GPU you're considering. The ECO part of the title means it comes without a mains cord. You might have one laying around you can recycle into the new build.
Is your monitor resolution going to stay on 1280x1024?