I'm trying to make a computer that will get me through some mid to light video/photo editing and surfing the web. I'm not going to be doing any gaming on this computer. I don't have a lot of money right now so I'd like to get my build (minus the case and power supply, I'm getting those for Christimas) under $300. Can anyone lend me some advice as to where I might be able to shave off a few dollars (be it by getting a cheaper item or just finding a better deal on what I already have)?
If you have a microcenter near you could save money on your cpu and mobo. check out their ad. I think they have a good package deal on amd this month. I got an i5-2500k with a nice gigabyte mobo (usb3, sata6) for $202.79 after tax and rebate on black friday. And the ram you have is nice, I bought the same, great deal. You could save a few bucks on the DVDRW at newegg. I know youre trying to cut the cost but can I recommend considering SSD instead of that Seagate? With the inflated HDD prices it really makes alot of sense to go SSD.
looks like a solid build to me.
Perhaps look for a refurbished HDD? I would suggest an SSD, but if you are doing any video editing you will find that you need all the space you can get.
Also, as mentioned above, Microcenter is THE place to go for processors, and they sometimes have good deals on mobo combos as well. There is no place cheaper, and while the staff is not exactly the most intelligent/reliable (people in sales rarely are) they have an excellent return policy, and I have never been disappointed there. Just dont let them talk you into buying the rest of their overpriced inventory.