I am in the process of gathering all the pieces to build my 2nd rig. I want it to sit off to the side away from everything and run wireless for everything and play either on a small monitor or my 42 tv/ 100 projector.
Regardless, It's been almost 5 years since i've built a computer and i would like some thought on my selection. I am trying to stay under 600 ish.
Processor Phenom II x2 555 3.2 Ghz)
MOBO: Asus M4N68T-M V2
Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Generic for moment being but possibly kingston.
Case: Cube case
PSU: 650 W (same price as the 500W)
HD: WD 320 GB
Optical Drive: Generic
Explanation: The FX-4100 is a new AMD line of CPUs using the 32nm lithography. The motherboard is Crossfire capable (meaning you can add another radeon 6870 later if you obtain enough money), it is also from a reliable brand(ASUS). The Radoen 6870 is a great mid level graphics card, which you can upgrade or CF later when you have the money. Corsair is a great PSU company, which brings me to say, "do not just say 650W PSU because it is same price as 500W", please also name the brand, because a Corsair 500W PSU might be the same price as a Raidmax 650W but I would go with Corsair one. The bigger DOES NOT mean better, it has a higher chance of failing because Raidmax doesn't have the same reputation as corsair, you do not want to skimp out on the PSU because doing so might result in your WHOLE computer being fried (and unusable, and no returns). the Case is a great case with a 120mm case fan already included, it can support a 6870 (i know because i have the 6870 and that case). The Hard drive is a WD, which is a reliable company, if you have more money, you can buy a 500GB drive. The RAM is also from a reliable company (realize how many times i've used the word "reliable"...VERY IMPORTANT).