Approximate Purchase Date: sometime between now and christmas
Budget Range: ~$400
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Photoshop/Painter, matlab, batch regex processing on large text files)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd burner, nvidia video card (agp so may be useless?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: N/A
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Additional Comments: I would like to get a solid system: 8gb ram, quad-core cpu >2.8ghz, and most important RELIABLE. I'd also like to take advantage of any black friday type deals that may be going on, so if you suggest I wait please let me know. Also, I am a total newb to building a computer like this so please don't hold back. THANKS!!!
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This cost looks pretty good but I think I'm really paying for that sata 6.0 hd... it may not be necessary? Also, it looks like I may need a new video card as my current one appears to be utilize an AGP connector.
Does anyone see any places where I can cut some costs? Specifically, can I go cheaper on the case and PSU without sacrificing reliability? Also, are there any cheaper 1TB harddrives that will work with this motherboard/cpu?