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Suggestions for first build. Budget ~ $700-$800

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March 21, 2011 1:34:05 AM

Hi,
I am looking to build my first desktop pc. It is going to be a non-gaming rig, but typical usage will include, 1080p video playback, cpu intensive calculations, about 20 browser tabs open at one time, Photo editing (mostly Photoshop) and frequent data transfer to external drives. Also, I plan to upgrade the processor and motherboard to AMD bulldozer core based processor and AM3+ motherboard next year. And, therefore I don't mind investing less on these two.

Tower case:
budget ~ $100
Requirements: Tool less, USB 3.0 ports, good wire management, top access to usb ports and audio jacks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am not sure how Rosewill compares to Thermaltake in terms build quality and reliability.

Motherboard:
budget ~ $100
Requirements: AM3, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, Phenom II x4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
budget = $140
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
budget ~ $80
2x2GB? 1600MHz? DDR3?

PSU:
No idea.

Graphics Card:
budget ~ $150
Requirements: Should be able to support 2 monitors over HDMI. Not sure, if I can get 2 HDMI ports or if I will need some sort of an adapter.
AMD Radeon 5770??
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage:
budget = $90
WD 1TB Caviar Black SATA Gbps 7200 RPM 64MB cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
budget ~ $100
Requirements: Need a small OCZ SSD for the OS. Maybe around 40GB?

Can you please suggest the parts based on my requirements and suggest where can I cut the cost.

Thanks in advance.
Sahil

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March 21, 2011 3:00:08 AM

ok,
1) get 1 TB Samsung F3: $64.99

2) $80 gets you a G.Skill 8 GB DDR3-1333 kit

3) Case: Rosewill Destroyer: $49.99

4) GPU: Sapphire HD6850 $164.99 (the $15 is made up elsewhere)

5) Mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme 3: $90 (It can do crossfire)

6) PSU: Silverstone 600W $69.99

7) SSD: A-Data 64 GB: $114.99
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