First build: opinions, please!

Hi! I'm a computer programmer who's getting really tired of using his netbook for everything. I want a desktop computer that I can use for programming (Java, C++), but also for watching movies in HD and maybe ocasionally playing some videogames, but gaming is last in my list. Also, I need to be able to develop OpenGL applications. My budget is around $500-$600, and after a couple of days reading forums and reviews I've come up with this build:

Processor: AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core (

Motherboard: ECS A75F-A FM1 AMD A75 (

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (

HD: WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" (

PS: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V (

Reader: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 (

Wi-fi adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN851N PCI Wireless Adapter (


Monitor: Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" Full HD (

The total is $583, which is acceptable for me. I like pretty much everything in the build, the processor + memory + integrated graphic card (that supports OpenGL 4.1) will do the job for me but also the motherboard will allow for potential upgrades, which I probably will do when I have more money.
So what I'd need now is somebody more experienced than me taking a look at everything and confirming that it looks alright and no compatibility issues. Hope y'all can give me a hand with this.

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  1. The Sandybridge i3 2100 is superior to the Llano in processing, but not in graphics or gaming. If you go with the i3 and an H67 mobo you will have a similar price, but superior calculating power. I'd consider the Llano superior if my primary tasks were gaming using the APU, but for your stated purposes the i3 seems a better option.

    In any case you do not need a wi-fi adapter unless you are using a local hotspot for a wireless 3g or 4g feed. Your speed is superior using Cat5 than a wireless adapter.
  2. Man, that was dumb. I don't know why the heck I was thinking that I 'needed' the wi-fi adapter, I guess it's been too long since last time I used a desktop PC. So I guess that it's as easy as putting the cable from the router to the Ethernet interface in the motherboard, right? BTW, is Cat6 any better than Cat5? Because they're awful cheap, and if there's the littlest difference, I'd get the better one.

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