For the two months I have been researching on these forums on making a build, and the more I read the more I want but I have to remind myself I have a budget! I have nice two 23" HP setup with a great 5.1 Logitech Speaker Setup, Keyboard, Mouse, and Windows 7.
I am currently a college student in senior year (my old rig is out of commission and outdated so not upgrading or taking parts from it) and I want something that will take me into the next couple of years. I need something that can handle the basics (websurfing, office etc..) but also some light CAD, photoshop, and programming (mostly web stuff). I do some database stuff as well. Going to an Engineering school I throw a lot at it and would like something that can handle a lot, maybe even some light gaming.
For the CPU I would like to go intel, maybe i5, i7? I like Intel because of its reliability. I will in the future upgrade to have a SSD but I will wait for prices to drop a little (avid deal hunter). I am currently in the market to purchase these parts ASAP. For the case I want something that has a 3.0 on the front but is not a deal breaker, but is still a midtower ~>21". I also want something that stays relatively quiet. I live near a Microcenter (Has great deals).
I hope this is not too long of a wish-list but I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.
Here you go. Just a few cents over $500. Can't vouch for the video card but it supports 2 X HDMI and 2 X DVI out. This build is going with Core i3 to keep you within budget. This gives you a 1 TB HDD. You will have to add an SSD in a future upgrade to stay within budget.
This build is $30 over but it has an i5 + a better video card
CPU: i5 3470
Memory: 2x4gb crucial memory 1600mhz
storage: 7200rpm 1tb
video card: his radeon 7770
These are just the biggies its pretty similar to previous build. If you want you can back down to i3 & get a boot ssd with the savings like 64gb size.
If it is only light gaming, you could go for an i5-3570K and use the onboard graphics for a while. Intel HD 4000 is pretty decent and should play virtually any game on low settings. Also means you can wait a while till you can afford a decent graphics card for gaming. You could improve the cooling and overclock as well, it means fantastic upgrade room if you can deal with low level gaming for a while.
ASRock Z77 Pro3
2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600Mhz Low Profile 1.35v C9
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
Corsair CX-430 430W
NZXT Source 210
Total - $496.94 before shipping and a $20 rebate on the PSU (Newegg)
* GPU is hard to beat this price/performance at $130!!!
* Case has Front USB 3.0 ports!!
* RAM is low profile, so you can add in after market CPU HSF later without issues!
* PSU is good and can handle and GPU that only requires 1 PCI-e power connector.
* CPU is good for gaming and all around tasks. If you want more CPU power than the GPU will have to drop down to fit it into your budget. I would recommend going this way first and if you think you need more CPU power, than I would upgrade later, but I think you might be surprised.