If this is a gaming machine, you can build a way better system! Starting from CPU..With 850$ budget you don't go with AMD but with Intel. Secondly, a PSU from Corsair or some other brand better than CM would be great(XFX, Seasonic etc). Lastly and most bad thing the GPU..Seriously 5570? At this price point a 560 (non TI) would be great! Also you don't need sound card..most of the time the intergrated will be good!
Ah, right, I forgot to mention: I'm a musician, so I'd like to work with some DAW programs. Which is why the soundcard is one of the most expensive components. The MB in this build is supposedly capable of 24 bit intergrated sound, but the latency probably wouldn't be so good.
Keeping around this price point, for a little bit more, I can go with the Dual Core i3 Sandy bridge processor, if it would be that much better. The lower power usage might be nice though.
Power supplies is one of the components I don't know so much about. I WAS looking at some Seasonic ones, so I'll give those another look along with the XFX ones, then.
Geforce 560, right? That's more like a $200 card right? OF course it's going to be better than the $60 card! Well, that would make sense if I weren't getting the soundcard.
Actually, I just got a little extra unexpected money, so it looks like I'll be able to up the budget a little bit, by another $100-$150. So I need to figure out if I should put the cash towards a more powerful processor, a better GPU or a SSD.
OK. Thanks for the advice. It looks like everyone agrees I should be Shooting for an Intel i5 2400.
michxymi, is there any particular reason you're advising a MicroATX build? Taking up less room is a nice benefit, but it seems like the expandability and airflow of a mid-tower is a better trade off. Sometimes cheaper, even. Lian Li does make some nice cases though, but since most of them are $200+ they should.
the sale one that $100 creative card already ran out, for that price it was worth considering, but not really for $150.
So, if I rework a build using everyone's input, then how about something along these lines:
Now, all that totals to about $1162. I need to try to reign the price back down and see if I can get it back under $1000. I could do this simply by skipping the sound card, seeing how far I can go with integrated sound, and adding a sound card or sound interface on later, when I can afford to do so. Or by not getting a SSD.
I don't know about the MB though. I admit I just picked the one off the top from "highest rated motherboards" How are ASrock MBs, anyway?
And I'll definitely go for the faster SSD. As a boot/install drive, faster reads is really going to be the more important spec, and 64 gb is still enough room for the OS and most of the programs that will actually benefit from being installed on it.
Anyway, thanks for the help, guys. I'm planning on ordering the parts tomorrow, so hopefully all goes well and I won't be running back here with a bunch of troubleshooting problems.