Budget rebuild of an HP desktop

I am looking to rebuild my HP m7250n desktop. This will a first time build for me but I have upgraded memory, drives and some add on cards in the past. This will mostly be used for cataloging and editing photos below is the build form and the parts I picked so far.


Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: Approx $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing / cataloging surfing the internet, recording TV
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, tv tuner, case (HP m7250n)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger Direct, newegg, ncix or any other I would prefer one stop shopping.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe but not a priority
SLI or Crossfire: I don't think I need this


Additional Comments:

I plan to reuse the following parts from this:

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-media-center/4507-3118_7-31594369.html

HP m7250n case
DVD-RW
DVD-ROM
TV Tuner
External 1T Raid 1
http://www.fantomdrives.com/products/mde.htm

My parts list;

Asus M4N75TD Motherboard w/ AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Edition Processor Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6671656&sku=B69-4481

Crucial CT2KIT51264BA1339 8GB PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Desktop Memory Upgrade - 1333MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6753738&sku=C19-6149

Thermaltake TR-500P TR2 Series ATX Power Supply - 500W, 80 Plus Bronze, 120mm Fan, Active PFC
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7151736&sku=T925-1523

Seagate ST3500413AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 500GB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 16MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7332879&sku=TSD-500AS9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&sku=M17-7302
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  1. Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

    Just so you know, your links are broken. Edit away the URL tags and they will work.

    Looks like you have a pretty good list! A few things however.

    -Get an i3-2100 with an H67 board. Around the same price, but it smokes the 955 in single threaded apps.

    -Change the PSU to one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033&Tpk=antec%20380 Higher quality.

    -Check out the Spinpoint F3's. They are screaming fast, especially the 1TB version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=spinpoint%20f3

    That's about it!
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I fixed the links and revised the parts list to:

    Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2-B3 Intel H67 Motherboard and Intel Core i3-2100 3.10 GHz Dual Core Processor Bundle
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=165448&sku=B69-5274

    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6448061&sku=TSD-1000S2

    Corsair CMPSU-500CXV2 Builder Series™ CX500 Power Supply - 500W, 80 Plus, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail, Active PFC
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422168&sku=C13-2812

    Crucial CT2KIT51264BA1339 8GB PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Desktop Memory Upgrade - 1333MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6753738&sku=C19-6149

    Tigerdirect does not carry the psu you recommended so I swapped in the Corsair another possibility is the OCZ below both are 80 Plus.

    OCZ OCZ600SXS2 StealthXStream 2 600W Power Supply - 600W, ATX, 80 Plus, 120mm Fan
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6491962&sku=O261-6322

    Nice pick on the HD, bit more expensive but 2x the size and faster.

    Any comments on new MB and PSU?
  3. That combo is not a bad deal. However, you do not get USB3.0. I don't know how important that is to you. You can always add an expansion card later I suppose.

    I would also suggest switching to newegg. No tax (at least for me), better selection, lower prices (sometimes) and free shipping on most items. Tigerdirect charges shipping on almost everything I believe.

    I would go with the Corsair if forced to pick. However, the antec is both cheaper and higher quality than both.

    I would go 4GB ram, as 8GB is just crazy for your usage. You will probably never use more than 2GB anyway.
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