I wanted to ask if there were any glaring flaws with my idea of building a computer in the next month or two. I am coming from an old hp810n with an AMD 3300+ Single core(Don't bother looking it up its hp exclusive), with and nvidia geforce 7600 GS AGP x8 Card (Which has blown all its capacitors), so anything will be an improvement. I am a chemist by profession, but I don't do much with Chem programs. Thank you in advance for any responses.
$600-800 range up front (Want it to be upgradable)
I live in NC
Use: Gaming, Watching Video, I want it to be viable for several years, Possible future SLI/Crossfire and possibly OCing.
I want an SSD but that might have to come later. HDD's are really overpriced atm in my opinion... I might reuse old ones for a few months while i wait for prices to normalize, but suggestions are welcome.
Just a bulk dvd burner should be fine.
For the video card, the 550ti is pretty bad. A Radeon 6850 is much better. Heck, even the GTX 460 is better.
Thermaltake is not a good PSU, and PSUs are not the type of components to go cheap on. You most certainly don't need 750W for the 6850 I recommend. I would just buy a 500W PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, or Seasonic.
And of course I forgot a hard drive so much for doing better for your budget.
Oh well hard drives are so expensive right now I would just get something small and save up for an SSD.
This adds $85 to your build. Bringing you total to $877. Sorry about breaking your budget but it's a great build if you can justify it. You could also go with a cheaper GPU like was recommended above. A 6850/6870 would still be good especially if you plan on adding a second one later.