This is my first time putting together a system from scratch. I'm trying to keep the total price <$700.
This is my current idea:
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
APEX TU150 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 12V 400W with 20+4 pin Intel/AMD listed Power Supply
When I'm ready to order I'll toss in input devices and and a cd/dvd drive (whatever is on sale at the time...) I would welcome any suggestions.
It looks good and everything should work together , the one thing that you could consider is a little bit more watrts for a psu. The 550Ti says to have a 400w psu in the Pc so if that's what your putting in then your right at the minimum. I would like to see a little breathing room if you can aford it , 450w or 500w. Plus maybe a better brand than Apex.
a few hours back, i just got done with someone with a 650$ build that looked like:
I3-2120+asrock pro3 gen 3 combo deal = 213$
western digital caviar blue 500gb+asus 24x drive = 80$
seasonic m12II 520 bronze cert modular = 60$
coolermaster 430 case = 50$ (if you buy it before midnight today its 40$) 40$ after rebate
G.Skill 2x2gb ram
96.xx$ windows 7 home premium
some radeon hd 6850 for 130$ post rebate
all of this for ~650$, with the spare money(assuming you live in a taxless area in the U.S), upgrade the ram to 8 gb. if you already have an OS, you can either upgrade the cpu or upgrade the gpu
if you need a keyboard, mouse and monitor, then theres alot of cutting that needs to be done.
I did forget to include the OS. I do already have a keyboard, speakers, and a monitor though so the only other peripheral I think I would need is a mouse.
I added a PSU/case with a few more watts (room for upgrades):
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz - $78
ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s - $95
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $30
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) - $135
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s - $75
Rosewill TU-155 II 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply - $65
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - OEM - $100
The total cost is ~$580. I'm waiting for the paycheck to order this stuff so I guess prices may fluctuate some. If I have room in the budget, where would it make the greatest improvements in performance?