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September 21, 2012 8:47:11 PM

This is my first build and I am just making sure all the parts are compatible. My biggest concern is the motherboard and psu fitting in the case.

I expect to buy it in about 5 weeks

Budget Range: $550-$675

Usage: Gimp (photo editing), video editing, a few old games that can be run on a system with a 32mb on-board gpu, and minecraft in mid-high settings.

Preferred website for parts:

I might do some slight overclocking with amd software, but nothing in the bios.

I am getting a dell IN2030M monitor with 1600x900 resolution.

Please post any advice. Here are the components:

DVD Writer








Antec Basiq 430 PSU

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September 22, 2012 5:47:20 AM

I'd chuck that whole build - for that kind of budget you can do way better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.84 @ Amazon)
Total: $735.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 01:45 EDT-0400)

The i5-3450 can't be overclocked but it will obliterate the Athlon X3 in just about every way, shape and form.
September 22, 2012 3:00:31 PM

My budget is $675 with a $130 monitor. So my system budget is around $550
What about an AMD FX-4170
That CPU would max out the motherboard's Max TDP. I wouldnt be doing any overclocking with that CPU, should I get a aftermarket CPU fan? For a Hard Drive I need something cheep and 7200 rpm with over 100 gb.
With a FX the total price without a monitor would be $555
I think the sapphire is slightly overkill, My current system (specs below) is bottle necked on the ram when doing photo editing.

Current system:
AMD Athlonx64 3400+
1GB DDR ram
Gigabyte K8M800-8237
onboard 64mb video card
Windows XP x32