Budget Range: I would like to keep it under $1000 or lower.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will use this computer for surfing the internet, music, watching blu rays, ripping movies, casual gaming.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive, power supply (using 500 watt from current computer)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter
Country: United States
Overclocking: Maybe, I’m interested in doing so for this build.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: I am not sure if I’m going overboard for this build. I want to be able to play some games but they don’t have to be at max settings. The only other intensive application I will be doing on this computer is Blu Ray and DVD Ripping. This is my first build in many years. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
If gaming is not a major concern just one of many uses
a 6770 may be a better fit as it is only slightly less powerfull and 20 dollars cheaper.
Effectively the 5770 is shy of the 550ti in gaming performance as the 550ti is shy of the 6790. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
I would normally suggest a 6850 which will be another 20 or so more expensive than what you are spending on the graphics card but the gaming advantage would be worth it.
All in all the 6970 would be superior in gaming and video playback for the same price.
Just some thoughts.
I'm pretty sure spentshells means to say 6790 when he says 6970, but I agree with his analysis. He is also right that you need a PSU.
Just a warning that people who buy a 60GB/64GB SSD for their boot drive (including myself) quite often say they wish they'd splurged on a larger drive. 60GB just isn't quite enough space for a lot of people to comfortably manage everything. You're looking at Windows, a few essential programs, and maybe one large game (two if you're lucky). I'm not saying you shouldn't do it, just that it's going to be tight.
Finally be aware that blu-ray playback on a computer is a pain in the butt right now. I don't know what your logic is for getting the BD drive, but if you're expecting to use your computer as your primary blu-ray movie player then you're in for some struggles for now.
As far as the Power Supply, I was thinking of using my current Dynex 500 Watt power supply but I realize that it is a cheap best buy unit. Do you think it would power this build or should I just get a new power supply?
The GPU and SSD that you chose are both good choices. An OCZ SSD might require a firmware upgrade, though, which isn't a big deal but just so you're aware. The Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 are also good choices in case you're looking out for holiday sales.
Your Dynex 500W PSU probably provides enough power, but it's not a good brand and depending on how old it is I'm not sure I would trust it. Sometimes it's hard to justify putting money into a PSU because they don't have any flashy features, but reliability is important. If your PSU goes down it could easily take some other hardware with it. It's up to you, really.