This is my first build. I want it to be under $600 total. It will be used for streaming video , Itunes, word processing, and email mostly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I believe I have a case that will work.
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I would suggest switching to a Llano chip and FM1 motherboard for this budget. It will give you a decent gpu for your video streaming (6550), and give you a quad-core processor instead of a dual, much better for word processing and applicational work.
No sense on a Blu-Ray player if you dont have the juice to get good 1080p. With this switch, you can get an Antec 750W Earthwatt system for around $60 i believe on newegg right now. Very good psu. This will give you upgrade potential for a 2nd 65xx series card for CFX, and allow for an upgrade to the Trinity Series possibly if MoBo is compatible for power consumption. If you could, upgrade that HDD, to a Hitachi 2Tb drive. i think they sell for around $110, and its 7200rpm instead of 5400. you will see a huge performance difference, roughly 33%. This should put you right around that $600 mark.
Thanks for the fast reply. Those all look good. I was wondering though, would it better in the long run for me to increase my budget to like $750 and get a CPU and MoBo with more power. You seem to think the build wouldn't have the power necessary. Maybe this set?