Intel i5-2400 build

Hello everyone, this is my first time posting, but from what I've read so far with Tom's Hardware, this seems to be the place to ask questions.

I'm trying to build a computer (my first one) that will be sufficient for my needs (light gaming, internet browsing, hopefully photoshopping in the future, while staying functional for a long period of time) but won't break my bank. Could someone help review what I have so far?

intel i5-2400 + ASUS DVD Burner
BIOSTAR Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Kingston 120 GB SATA III SSD
SeaSonic M12II 520W PSU
ASUS Black 23.6" HDMI Monitor
XION Computer Case
(total: $787.92)

EVGA 550 Ti 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(total: $922.91)

I don't plan to get the video card yet, since the CPU has integrated graphics, so I can take my time on purchasing that one. I have a laptop HDD that I plan to find an adapter for to use in this build and an external 1TB WD Passport that I would store data on, while using the SSD for the OS and running programs. I also will need to find a keyboard sometime, but I don't think the type of keyboard would effect the performance of a computer.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. That build is quit unbalanced. You are spending too little on the video card and adding an SSD when it can be added later when you have more $. If you already have an HDD that is decently sized, you can keep the SSD, but since Idk if you do, I'd drop it for later.

    Here is what I'd go with:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $763.11
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Get your monitor and you're good to go.
  2. I honestly would hold off on the SSD. Some of the big players in the SSD market are waging a price war, the price per gigabyte has already dropped quite a bit over the past few months, and I expect it will go down more in the next year.

    But yea, you could do better than a 550 TI.
  3. Basing more of what I have to what azeem40 posted, here's my updated build (prices taken from newegg):

    - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $19.99
    - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $89.99
    - SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $45.99
    - Combo Deal - $277.98:
    - Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450
    - ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    I think for now, I will use the integrated graphics in the CPU, but when I have another $239.99 to spare, I will get the following GPU:
    - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)

    Is everything compatible/will this work out?

    Thanks in advance!
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