Could someone look this over briefly and tell me if this build makes sense? I need help figuring out if anything here seems wrong/unnecessary. I assume a pre-built could not touch this price ($550-$600) w/ these specs?
Approximate Purchase Date: in progress
Budget Range: $600 After Rebates (not including a monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'll use this for web, word processing, excel, playing text based sim game and maybe some browser based games, watching MLB.TV and maybe Hulu, etc.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, maybe OS (I have a Win 7 upgrade here that I can maybe use to install the operating system?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter or amazon
If you're willing to invest about 30 bucks extra you could upgrade the CPU to a 2500k, which has a much better Graphics chip.
You could easily save those $30 by cutting back on the 8GB of RAM, which you'll probably not need and replace them with something like that
I agree with maef...cut back on the ram unless you really need it. Also, maybe you're already watching the newegg specials, but just in case you haven't seen....there's a promo code (EMCKGHE79) that'll work until the end of the month for the i5-2500 at $199 - if you want to spend an extra $10 on the processor.