First Build. Need a check over

My name is Andrew and i am new to the site..
lets jump right in..

i am looking to build a lightning fast computer..
- web browsing
- i want it to be able to handle games if i choose to play (low settings is fine)
- occasional photo editing
- multitasking (music, videos, etc..)

i was looking to spend around $500

(assuming that i have OS, key's, mouse, screen)

hows this look?

is anything wrong here? (not compatible)
or am i missing anything for the complete build?

what would you recommend me down grading to save money OR upgrading because its worth it.

i am a noob at this so please post solutions

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  1. Part are compatible, though I'd recommend going with an athon ii x4, or x3 instead of the phenom ii x2.

    This combo for instance Athlon Ii x4 and biostar mobo

    Equivalent RAM kit for $10 less

    If you're at less than 1080p, you can grab the 768mb version and save some money.
    gtx 460 768mb $130 AR
  2. everything is compatible... however i'd recommend going with a quad-core with no L3 cache (Athlon II), over the dual-core Phenom II... you could also save a little on different RAM:
    - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz: $100
    - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333: $40

    - G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600: $48
  3. OK cool..

    here is an updated list

    the PSU i was going to use is out of stock.. what would you recommend for a replacement?
    should i just try to find the one that i had at a different site?

    should i change the
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    for something better??

    (im looking to buy tonight)
    thanks for the help!
  4. PSU:
    - CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W: $60

    or even more recommended:
    - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W: $75

    your original post had an MSI motherboard... this last one has a Biostar (not recommended) -> stick with either an ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI motherboard

    and keep the ASUS DVDRW
  5. try this combo:
    - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz + ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

    or this one:
    - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz + GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

    or this one:
    - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz + GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

    or this one:
    - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz + GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
  6. thx!
    a little more then i wanted to spend but if its worth it then so be it...

    hows it look? anything else?
  7. looks good... enjoy
  8. wasupmike said:
    looks good... enjoy

    i appreciate the help!

    and if anyone else has an opinion feel free to chime in..

    if not, this will be my first build!
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