I know we all love to put together machines for fun. (just adding the parts to a cart not really getting them). I had a buddy ask me to help put together a parts list for a machine in the $500-550 range. Its not going to be a super High-end gaming rig. But needs to be better then what he can get in stores.
Just hoping to get some help from Toms. Thanks in advance.
I think the only thing I'd change in that is this mobo instead, for USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for the same price, but free shipping.
Otherwise it looks good, but hopefully you don't need the OS, so you can upgrade the CPU to an i3 and the GPU to a HD6850.