First Time Builder- $800-900 Budget for powerful PC that will last

Hi All- I'm a first time builder looking to build a powerful PC that will last me 3-4 years and be able to run all the latest graphics intensive software without any trouble. I'm a graphics and web designer with a lot of computer knowledge, but I'm not too knowledgable when it comes to the latest in computer hardware.

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated! Below is what I am looking for- I put together a computer with all of the parts below from newegg, so any modifications or advice you could give would be great. Thanks!!!!


Approximate Purchase Date: Today / Tomorrow

Budget Range: $800-900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic/Photoshop, Web Design, Multimedia, Video Editing, Gaming

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No Preference

Overclocking: PCOOLERossible

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CPU:Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) $189.99

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $144.99

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $169.99

Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $33.99

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified $79.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000524AS 1 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $69.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case $39.99

Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $169.99

CPU Cooling: Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler $14.99

Total Cost before rebates: $913.91
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  1. Get the i5-2500k if you can, it is unlocked so you can get a lot more mileage out of it and its only ~$20 more or so.

    For a motherboard, get the Z68 chipset. This motherboard will save you some money for the CPU upgrade, and possibly a graphics card upgrade as well

    The 400 series is the older series for geforce. The 500 series will perform better, plus the 500 series is getting an update on 11/29 which should drop the prices of some of the current cards, so i would hodl off on that at least for a day or two.
  2. 1. I doubt that Hard Drive is available at that price. It is double that price every where else.
    2. You need a CPU cooler that is compatible with LGA 1155.
    3. What about DVD drive and OS?
    4. An ATI 6870 would be better.
  3. Looks like that HDD is for laptops
  4. You can save more switch to this motherboard but offers more features and is cheaper.
    You can go cheaper with the PSU

    As for the HDD that's a great deal You should jump on that deal now. HDDs have nearly doubled in price but that is still near its price before the Thailand floods.

    Maybe switch to this case to save money

    I'd, like the above, go with the 6870 just to be cheaper and still perform just as good.
    $160 at the moment
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