help me build my 1st gaming / utility computer for $600

Here's my planned build, please offer suggestions or warnings as you see fit. I have included a story about why this has come along at the bottom, it was a little long winded.

Approximate Purchase Date: tonight or tommorow

Budget: 600 +/- a small amount

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video editing, cad, internet browsing, media playback (kyle xy, smallville, music, etc.)

Are you buying a monitor:
No, have a dell 1920 X 1080 (does this sound right?)

Parts to Upgrade: I will alter anything needed at the suggestion of a more experienced computer builder) I will be adding a graphics card, more ram, and raid later

Do you need to buy OS: No, have linux, windows 7,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tiger direct

Location: Savannah GA

Parts Preferences: INTEL! Other than that no low quality components/knock offs like no name cpu coolers and fans

Overclocking: in the future

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: using sony vegas, wax debug mode, probably going to get alibre cad, havent bought cad yet. Will play games on it but I am not a "gamer" so to speak so being able to play with decent settings will keep me happy. Will buy some racing games, unsure which ones as of now. I will be adding a graphics card, more ram, and raid later

Planned build: (current price $608) please recommend good fans! I only have the one big one in the front of the case!!

MSI raptor mid case

Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

COBY CSMP67 50W (peak) 2.1 50W Multimedia Speaker System

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60

Full version:
I'm building to a price point. Years ago, there was a huge sale at a nearby store, but I had work all day and was unable to make it. My mom offered to go, so with my money in hand, off to the store she went. All day at work I waited impatiently for the clock to move closer to clock out time! Alas, when the time came, and I laid eyes on the machine, it wasn't the right one! My mom said the one I wanted was so popular they had sold out & bought me a cheaper computer instead, and bought a warranty! Well, as you probably guessed, days out of the warranty it broke :fou: my mom, feeling a little guilty about the whole ordeal has offered to buy some of the remaining components, hence the price point. I plan to upgrade as needed / as time progresses
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  1. P.S.
    should I start out with an I7, or with the I5? I was planing on upgrading to one of the best I7's in the future.

    What about graphics wise? Should I start out with a crossfire capable graphics card, and simply add another & crossfire them later?
  2. Drop the water cooler and Thermal compound. Get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, comes with its own paste. Should be just as good as that H60.
    CM Hyper 212 EVO. $35

    RAIDMAX Power Supply is a no. They have a very bad reputation when it comes to PSU's.
    XFX Core edition 550W. $75

    I frankly have no idea how you can afford all that on $600, guess the lack of a GPU helps. Have you got a spare copy of Windows?

    Depends if you need the performance now, if its just casual home editing, an i5 should be plenty.

    All Graphics cards are SLI/Crossfire capable, however, that mobo isn't. With only one 16x slot, and the other running at Gen2 x4, you will get less performance than a single card if you use two. Better off with just a single strong card.
  3. Thanks for the heads up on the PSU & fan, a new PSU is now planned. I plan on getting one of these graphics cards within the next two weeks, should I get a higher wattage PSU to support it?:

    HIS H675F1GD Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    I have various copies of windows, and a friend who works at a computer shop so the OS is no problem. I think I lucked out finding everything for $600, Got an email from newegg containing the HDD, then shopped lots for everything else!
  4. This card will be a step up in performance, and much lower Power draw.
    ASUS HD7750. $110 (Has a $10 rebate)

    That XFX 550W will support a powerful single graphics card no problem. Though if you want to Crossfire/SLI higher end cards, you will need a beefier PSU.
  5. Thanks for the suggestion, added it to my wish list for when the right time comes along (probably two weeks)
    I just ordered everything else! I added two sata cables, and I still need to buy fans. Am I overlooking anything else as far as you guys are aware?

  6. AMD FX-8120 Zambezi: $145

    Asus M5A97 AM3+ 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3: $108

    AMD FirePro V4900 1GB : $177

    I've personally raised the price of the FirePro V4900 $30+ in the last few months with recommended Vegas builds :D
  7. Thanks for all the advice guys! Seems I've run into one problem. The SATA hard drive I bought doesn't show up in the UEFI BIOS interface, or when attempting to instal the OS. I have it hooked up to one of the SATA 3 connectors, I've tried a new cable, but no cigar. I've tried swaping it to another sata connector, and I got the same result. Does this unfortunatly mean the HDD is broken?



    I also notice no jumper on the back of the HDD, is this it?
  8. I've confirmed it, it's a bad hard drive. A friend loaned me an extra one and it works just fine, just runs a little slow without a 6.0gb/s sata HDD, can't wait till I get my new drive!
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