THE BUDGET IS $400! The case (not listed) is already $40.
I will be using this computer to play HD video files, and a little CAD/graphical design work (AutoDesk Inventor 2011+). Is this a good build for both those uses? Furthermore are all of these parts compatible? I will also be plugging in an IDE drive from my old PC which hosts Win Vista Home Premium 32bit. Will I be able to fully use my 64bit processor with this?
The mobo I have has Biostar's "unloc-KING" core unlock ability, so I will attempt to unlock the 4th core and/or the L3 cache.
Does the graphic design have-to-do with rendering anything 3D? If so, I would spend a bit more on a GPU.
If you are going to use the computer a lot and save many different, large files, I would go for at least 500GB HDD. I know you can get a 1TB for ~$65.
I don't think that you can plug-in an IDE HDD to any modern mobos anymore, including yours.
Overall, seems like a nice, cheap setup. But I don't know the reputability of all the cheaper parts, so I would be hesitant to buy something that cheap and expect it to run for three or more years perfectly. But I don't know, it should work ok.
I was trying to get $400 or under as a budget. The 3D/CAD models aren't to complex, and usually don't contain 400+ parts in an assembly. The motherboard does have an IDE port labeled in the picture, but I decided to just buy an OS, less monkeying around. I don't need a huge HDD either, I have a 500GB WD external I can use. I did have doubts about the PSU, so i will change that. winterment, for the CPU wouldnt the x3 be close to the x2 when and if all cores are unlocked? I don't need anything TO powerful. BIOSTAR said on the site that the board BIOS has the "unlock-KING" feature, so it can unlock cores. Thanks for the tips so far! Really appreciated!