Questions regarding a sub-$600 all-purpose computer

Good Day everyone! I am a new poster, and even a newer at building systems. Forgive me in advance for my lack of understanding. I understand that building a computer depends on what I do, and so a little introduction

I am a Master's prepared registered nurse currently pursuing my doctorate. I used to be a professional photographer in my pre healthcare days and continue to freelance. As such, I use a lot of programs such as CS5 with NiK software, Nikon Capture NX, and Lightroom 3.0. I also use a lot of SPSS software for my research. On my spare time, I like to game a little bit (SCII, Dragon Age, CIV V, and WoW )

I am upgrading from an HP pavillion which ran a Q6600 quad core, 4GB of DDR2 ram, and 8600GT video card.

I am keeping a budget of sub-$600 (if possible). I still have a lot of student loans! Here are the parts I have already have / ordered:

CPU: AMD hexacore 1090t (black)

MOBO: MSI 870-G45 crossfire ready

GPU: Visiontek Radeon 5750

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600

Hard Drive: 2 TB Western Digital

I got these parts used from either yard sales or swap meets:

Case: Antec Titan 650 ($10)

A couple of Light scribe optical drives ($5 each)

Overall: my current cost is $570 ( I used a variety of discounts and coupons from

For my purposes is this build ok? Also, I have a hand me down 400watt dynex power supply from my brother. Is this sufficient? I can probably go $50-$100 more max.

As far as monitors, I still have a 23 inch HP monitor:

and a 42” NEC plasma monitor.

If you need more info, please let me know. I am a total newbie at this, so any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

Much respect,
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    I would not trust the Dynex PSU even if it is big enough. Here is a well priced quality unit from Antec
    And a corsair budget unit
    Your system should be fine for your described use.
  2. also, there is no need for 8gb of ram, 6gb would save you a little money
  3. Buy a quality PSU as suggested by rolli59. Corsair, seasonic, antec.
  4. Jeteroll said:
    also, there is no need for 8gb of ram, 6gb would save you a little money

    It's dual channel MB. so its either 2, 4, or 8Gbs with 2 sticks. 6 doesn't work.
  5. Best answer selected by johnmaso.
  6. Thank you everyone! Sorry for the late reply (my thesis has taken much of my time)

    But as an update, I have built the system and it works fine with the Dynex PSU.

    However, I plan to do as rolli59 suggests and get a better power supply. I have already ordered a more powerful PSU (650 watts, crossfire ready) and another 5750 to crossfire. It should arrive within the week.

    For now, the system is blazing fast. For what its worth, I got a straight 7.5/7.9 on my WEI (except for my hard drive which got a 5.9 as expected).

    When I get the time, ill run SC2 and DA:O to test the GPU.

    Thank you again for all the help!
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