Complete noob. I want to build an i5 desktop with my 14yo for $750.
1. gaming - WOW, Civilization, Empire, Call of Duty 2, etc.
2. musical - I'm a musician, home recording with Reaper, listening to audio
3. video - watch Netflix streaming, DVDs, YouTube, etc. Some photo editing
4. general - MS Office software documents, web surfing, downloading music and video
Budget should include everything necessary except monitor, keyboard, mouse, and software other than the OS.
Would appreciate a list of compatible components. Thanks.
I used most of your suggestions with a couple of minor changes. What do you think about this list? These components plus the OS total out to about $850, because I "upgraded" a few of the components to ones with top ratings from lots of reviewers.
Some old products have top ratings going years back.
Dell is cr@p. For $700 you get a dual core, a bad PSU, a cheap mobo and a weak video card. Get the parts and build it yourself, it's easy and you learn a lot of stuff too in the process.
You don't need to add anything except for a $20-30 wireless adapter but that depends on what signal you have in there. The mobo has onboard ethernet and everything else. That Asrock is fine too, a bit expensive though.
that motherboard you selected is a P67 and you got a non K SKU CPU so the P67 is pretty much useless unless you get something that can overclock like the i5 2500K
Okay. I only chose it because it got good reviews and the Gigabyte in th combo recommended by motox got one review that wasn't very good. Of course, the reviewer could've been a complete idiot like me.
You can get one of those two Asrock boards above if you don't trust the Gigabyte, they use the super combos to get rid of some old parts like the HDDs or the PSUs.
You need an aftermarket HSF only if you get the 2500K and you overclock the CPU.
The wi-fi depends on your network, you can use the ethernet for a while. The mobos have integrated sound cards.