System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'm a full-time trader and a part-time tax accountant, and I will primarily be using this PC for work purposes. When I trade, I will have open:
1) Trading platform on a dual-monitor setup with 5 charts, 2 quote/order entry screens. Not terribly intensive because I don't use any studies on the charts and I don't perform any scans.
2) Firefox with 5-10 tabs
3) An Open Office spreadsheet
4) Firewall, AV running in the background
When I do tax work, I use these additional applications:
Parts Not Required: Case (Antec 300), Video card, PSU (Antec Basiq 430W), keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Microcenter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No preference. My priority is performance/price ratio and high reliability.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: N/A
Additional Comments: This is my first ever computer build. My primary concern is compatibility between parts, no overheating, and high reliability. I would like everything to work and to work well for the long haul.
Looks good. How much is the CPU+MOBO combo? That Phenom II is really an Athlon II, but if it's cheap it doesn't matter . You could get a 880G/785G chipset and skip the GTX 250 altogether (they have onboard graphics). That WD is an older model, but it's still fine - you could consider a Spinpoint F3 also.
Edit: $100 is a decent deal though I don't like Biostar nor the Phenom rebranding gimmick.
You're right. I figure since I'm getting a free and capable video card that I could skip the onboard video and have the option of light gaming. As for the motherboard, it's essentially free, appears reliable based on Newegg reviews, and fits my needs. I will unlikely be doing any overclocking, and features like SATA III and USB 3.0 are unnecessary to me.
The reason I'm attracted to the x4 840 is its high performance/price ratio. I've also considered the x4 965, which is $30 more. Both will probably more than enough for what I need. I was repairing my cousin's dual-core 1.6 GHz laptop last week, and THAT seemed to fly, lol (I currently use an 8 year-old Pentium 4).