Gigabyte 1155 motherboard ~$125
2x 4GBs Corsair or Kingston RAM
580 video card
XFX 650w PSU
decent case like Antec 300 Illusion or a HAF case from Cooler Master.
Crucial M4 SSD.
Regular 500 GB hard drive if you don't have one you can bring forward from another computer.
Windows 7 x64 home or professional.
First off, thank you very much for responding. :-)
I took what you said and searched around to find some parts
I could not find the "XFX 650w PSU". On new egg it wasn't in stock and I could not seem to find it anywhere else.
Also, If you wouldn't mind looking over my list, i found
If you have a micro center nearby you can save a lot on the 2500k and motherboard by getting a combo. Also drop the 580 and get either a 560 Ti (stick with EVGA) or 6950 (Sapphire or Diamond or HIS or MSI twin frozr). You still haven't included a monitor or cd drive so factor that into cost too.
G.Skill RAM failure rates have been trending up lately and OCZ SSDs have among the highest failure rates in the industry (just like their RAM).
Both Seagate and Western Digital are about the same for HDs.
The Samsung SSDs have low failure rates, but not as low as the Crucial M4, afaik.
I would stick with all the stuff from my last post if it were me instead of trying to shave off $20 here and there and taking parts with high failure rates in the process.
I think I would rather just omit the SSD entirely rather than cheaping out on 6 or 7 different parts. The OP could always just start saving for one in the future or just live without it as people on budgets usually do.
It costs 40% as much and has the same 8GB total and close to the same performance. It just takes up 2 slots instead of 1, which is fine because a lot of boards have trouble recognizing single sticks of 8GB anyway and 8GBs is still a good amount.
If you really need 16GB later, you can just buy the same thing again.
The video card link doesn't work for some reason, btw. Neither does the PSU link.
The Windows won't work legally so you should change that to what I said also.
Sorry about the links, had the PSU the same as yours, and the video card was the one that elayman had suggested earlier. Would it drastically hurt my performance if I bought a 560 instead of a 570 or 580? Again, I'm new to this whole computer building thing. :-)