Parts Preferences: mobo: not asrock - most likely gigabyte?, SSD: Intel/Crucial, RAM: Gskill
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: 1st time builder, not too sure about everything. No overclocking.
CPU: Intel i7 3770 $326.00 (i7 for the music stuff)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard $118.00 ???? Z77 or H77?? If z77, which one?
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $56.00
SSD: Intel 520 120GB $189.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001) $119.00
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 1GB??? Not sure if 2GB is required, if so 7850 or 7870?? Any other recommendations?
Case: Antec 902 V3 $134.00 ? Antec 900 or 902 V3??
PSU: 650W+ ? Please recommend one!
ODD: DVD burner $19
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99
Planning on getting a 24" Samsung monitor (not included in budget)
I think you'd be fine with the 3570 . Music is not hugely demanding in the way that video is
A Z77 or Z75 motherboard
Keep in mind USB 3 front ports when selecting the mb and case . The antec 1100 is very good
Its also possible to use a smaller SSD as a cache drive . Either in a SATA port or some mb's have mSATA slots
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K $241.00
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H77-D3H Motherboard $118.00
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 $56.00
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001) $129 $119.00
GPU: 2GB Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 OC $269.00
Case: Antec 1100 $135.00
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W Power Supply HCG-620 $93.00
ODD: DVD burner Lite-On $21.00
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $158.00
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $99.00
Had a look at the difference between the H77 and Z77 and the only difference seems to be whether or not we're overclocking and since I won't be, I thought I'd save the $30.
Is everything looking okay?
That board doesn't over clock so there's no sense spending the extra money on an unlocked cpu like the 3570K. That extra money could go towards a sound card which I would think would be a biggy for a build that involves music production. A 520w psu like that Antec I posted will easily push that 7850 and leave you juice left over for drives, fans, etc...