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Looking for Parts for Building New Computer Around $550

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January 20, 2012 12:23:32 AM

I'm looking to build a new computer but I don't know what parts I should get. I've never made one before, but I'd like to try.

Approx. Purchase Date: Any Time (Probably sometime in February)
Budget Range: $550-ish
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, or Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU
Overclocking: I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I don't plan on overworking the computer. :??: 
SLI or Crossfire: I only plan on using 1 GPU for this computer, so no.
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments:
This computer will be for regular use and MMOs. I want this computer to have Windows 7, around 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT or higher, CPU 5600 or higher, a power supply that can safely run the video card, a mother board that can sustain a couple upgrades (and should have at least 4 USB ports), a plain old boring computer case, and DVD-RW.

If my price is way off up or down, let me know. I have no idea the total price for these.

Edit: Also for the hard drive, I want a hard drive that is above 100GB. I'm not sure what the standard for this is, as my current computer only has 71GB.

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January 20, 2012 12:51:24 AM

Try this build:

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $489 before shipping and taxes (if applicable). Also didn't include Windows 7 64-bit. Can also save a few bucks if you change to this processor. Probably won't lose much performance for your needs by using this:

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 20, 2012 1:02:47 AM

Thanks! I haven't looked it all over yet, but this looks like exactly what I need. Except I'm wondering where the video card is?
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January 20, 2012 1:11:11 AM

Best answer selected by taylerzy.
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January 20, 2012 2:16:07 AM

The video card is integrated into the CPU.
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