Need advice on my first computer build..less than $900

Approximate Purchase Date: i want to buy as soon as a figuer out what to buy, sometime this month.. or the next

Budget Range: (: 600-800)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Basic photoshop,web page design, surfing the internet, watching movies, downloading tons of music, and usually doing it all at the same times.. im a huge multitasker)

Parts Not Required: (.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hhd,dvd burner,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ive only searched in newegg, but im not the expert so i will go by what you guys say (or type :) )

Country:i live in the U.s Of A

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Regular size tower (mid size) I would like intel based only on the fact that i read its a bit more stable, but again you guys are the pro's

Overclocking: Yes Maybe mostlikely!!

SLI or Crossfire: dont know much about it, but im not a gamer.. so i guess ill save some money there!

Monitor Resolution: I will be using my 32 inch,full hd..

Additional Comments: i want lots of memory. From my search if i want to run windows 7 with over 3 gigs i should go with a 64 bit.. like i stated above i multitask alot so i need to be able to do it ith ease.. (at one point i will have photoshop, browser,itunes, while burning a music cd, and mostlikely downloading movie!!)


Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

im not going to be listing parts because i dont reeally know how to compare indepth.. Ive been looking at Price, Ghz and price.. and how many core,, the basics, so i would rather you guys just shoot stuff from your knowledge ..

I have a 500 hdd but read i should get a 60gb ssd to run my os!
Thanks ahead guys, i've read great stuff about this site!!!

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    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99 [...] 6811129066

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    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.99 [...] 6820231477

    ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 - $92.99($72.99 after MIR)

    MSI P67A-G43 (B3) - $114.99($94.99 after MIR)


    Don't go for 60GB ssd unless you're using it for caching. It's going to be filled up sooner than you'd expect. Crucial M4s are known for their reliability so it's the best choice right now. You can get any good case, but this one comes with 3 fans already.
  2. ^ this.

    You could save a little by going with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 for the cpu cooler:

    And if you aren't into the LED lights for the case you could do the regular Antec 300:
    or if you needed USB 3.0 then go for the Antec 300 Two:
  3. intel i5 2500k cpu
    asus p8h67 mobo
    cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler
    g skills ripjaws x series 8g ram
    antec 3 hundred illusion black dteel ATX mid tower case
    antec high current gamer series 620w psu
    sony 24x optical drive
    amd radeon 6670
  4. Value case with USB III in front panel

    NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim

    80+ high quality PSU

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    AMD 960T for CPU..This CPU has a high chance (~50%) to unlock into a 6 Core and get even better perfomance (got mine at 4.1 GHz with 6 Cores)

    AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

    An aftermarket heatsink is a must, especially if the other two cores are unlocked and you overclock!

    CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm A70 Dual-Fan CPU Cooler

    A full featured motherboard with everything you'll need! USB & SATA & eSATA III, solid caps, support for FX CPUs plus the utility you need to unlock the 960T ;)

    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    8GB of RAM is the sweet spot for now.

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

    As you're not a gamer, you only need a basic gpu, so I picked the next one which is fanless for less noise! It's great for video acceleration if you're interested.

    XFX HD-645X-ZQH2 Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

    Budget allowed, you can get a faster and with more capacity SSD.

    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit


    SUM is 681$ with 40$ MIR (GPU, heatsink, PSU).
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