Hi Guys, first time poster here, looking for some build advice I am a relatively inexperienced builder (built my first PC over 4 years ago with help), looking to spend $500 on hardware (not including OS). I already own the CPU I would like to use. Looking forward to some help, let me know if any additional clarification is needed.
Thanks in advance for any help I can get, below is the requested info.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $600 Before Rebates; Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Photo Editing, surfing the internet, gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No, don’t need mouse, keyboard etc either…
Parts to Upgrade: All except CPU
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: most familiar with newegg, open to other suggestions.
Location: Albany, NY
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU (already have), G.Skill Ripjaws
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?
Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Additional Comments: Need this to fit in a mini tower if at all possible (Wife request :-P). Would like at least 8gb RAM. Would like SSD hard drive (minimum 100GB). Need Optical Drive.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Wife is really getting into Digital Photography, looking to maybe start as a little side business. Want a computer that will breeze through Lightroom 3 and will last for quite a few years. I am more of a console gamer, but if this could play Diablo III (on at least medium to high settings) that would be a nice bonus (can a video card fit in a mini tower?)
Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.
Motherboard- ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
GPU- MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
RAM- Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
SSD- OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
CPU Cooler- Zalman CNPS8000B CPU Cooler
Case- Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
PSU- Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive- Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
This build meets and exceeds everything you have here. The main storage drive is a 256 GB SSD that allows for ample amounts of speedy storage space.
The GPU will most certainly play diablo 3 on high settings.
I included the CPU cooler because the 965 is known for its horrible stock cooler that is really loud. This cooler is a low profile cooler, so it will definitely fit in the micro case. Overall, it is a very powerful computer in a small case.
Here is a link to the parts list. It comes out to $525 before rebates, and there is $50 in rebates available right now. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iZZP