I am looking into building my own computer as the one I have now is roughly 8 years old (Dell Dimension 8400). I have never built a computer before in my life and I have limited experience when it comes to computer parts. I have put together a list of parts and would like some criticism on what I should add/replace and also if these parts are compatible with each other (ie. if everything will fit in the case).
So as a disclaimer, I am mainly using this computer for steam games such as CS:S and CS 1.6 [I know, old school lol], so not really high-intensity gaming. I will also be doing some web browsing, movie watching, video editing, photoshop, email, etc.
Now my budget is between $650-$750 because I am a broke college student who's working the entire summer to pay for this computer (along with other bills and such).
One last thing is that I am planning on using the old optical drive on my Dell and I recently bought a Dynex 550W PSU from BestBuy. I'm not sure if these will be compatible/sufficient with the system that I am trying to build, but I am trying to save as much money as possible.
i recommend a 620 watt power supply since you should think ahead, over time PSU`s dont deliver the same wattage(aging capacitors , etc), so you should consider over a 3-5 year period a 30% loss of the power it delivers.
So my advice is 20 bucks more for a SAFE rounded up number, take it and besides SEASONIC are like a GOLD standard when it comes to making PSU
also if you overlcock the 2500K alone wont demand only 95W, but a bigger to 150 to 200 watts
Thanks for all of the comments! Lastly, do I really need to upgrade the CPU heatsink if I don't plan on overclocking the CPU. However, I will be leaving my computer on for days at a time with an occasional restart here and there, so I wanted to know if the stock heatsink on the CPU would be sufficient and not cause over-heating.