Approximate Purchase Date: I can purchase now, but will probably continue research until the end of June.
Budget Range: I am trying to go sub $400, but right now I am at about $450 without shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, schoolwork/word processing, streaming video.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Does not matter to me, but it seems there is no choice but NewEgg.
Country of Origin: Tampa, FL. or USA if that is what you mean.
Parts Preferences: I have been leaning towards the popularly reliable brands to complement an AMD processor. Seems to be any brand that starts with an A- AMD, Asus, Antec, ..., but I am here for advice.
Overclocking: This is my first build ever, so that might be asking a little much, but I am open to it.
SLI or Crossfire: I do not think this will be necessary or in my budget at this point, but I would like to perhaps have the option to add another video card.
Monitor Resolution: Plan on buying a 30"-36" TV/Monitor to use, but that is outside of the scope of my advice request at this point.
Additional Comments: Quiet and energy efficient is something that I am considering, but not at the expense of too much cost.
Here is where I am at, but I am not really set on too much other than the price. No gaming other than some free internet games when I get a little bored during some HW or writing a paper. Definitely needs to have an HTPC type element to it so I can watch movies and possibly add a TV tuner later to use with a 30-something inch Vizio or whatever. Seemed like a good idea to have USB 3.0 and SATAIII 6 Gbit/s along with plenty of video and audio outputs. Anyways:
Antec NSK 4482B Case w/ PSU
AMD Athlon II X4 645
Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
4GB Crucial RAM (Maybe 6GB would work a little better? I feel the least educated about RAM and I am not even sure what type I need like number of pins or 1066 or 1333 or all that.)
Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB
Lite-On iHDS118 48X + 18X SATA DVD Drive (considered a BD reader combo drive here, but not important enough for the cost difference I saw.)
Again, this is my first build, so any advice probably won't hurt.
I am looking more into driving the price down, but I do not want to sacrifice usability.
I see this open box mobo on NewEgg: BIOSTAR A880GU3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I figure I can do without SATAIII, but it has USB 3.0, which is cool and it's also micro ATX. Anyone have anything bad so say about Biostar?
Along those lines as well, anything wrong with a AMD Athlon II X4 630 or even a AMD Athlon II X3 445 to save a little more?
400$ Is a very good price considering that for your use, you will keep this build for a lot of years..99% you won't upgrade anything..My opinion is that under 400$ you start losing perfomance and high quality parts!