Approximate Purchase Date: January/February 2013 (will assume that prices will be largely static)
Budget Range: $600 Before Rebates & After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, light gaming, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX. Amazon's no good due to sales tax.
Location: Yakima, WA
Parts Preferences: Only parts from highly-reliable manufacturers
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Note: I'm trying for a build that's reasonably powerful but also simple and reliable, as I plan to keep this unit for several years. I may add a discrete graphics card down the road, it wouldn't be for quite a while.
EDIT: This is my Mark.2 setup, after taking suggestions in this thread.
Good catch on PSU ^
But that HDD of yours is good, as you stated you need reliable, imo seagate< WD
Though it's the case that concerns me, your mobo has 3.0 usb so whu not make use of this and have 3.0 ports on front panel.
Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm wondering if the motherboard I picked is overkill for what I'm doing. Since I'm planning on using the integrated 7660D graphics on the CPU/APU (and perhaps replacing that with a single discrete card down the road), do I really need all the features that a top-end model offers?
I was thinking that perhaps the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H would be sufficient. When I compare it to its "big brother" (the -UP4 variant), all I see it "missing" is a DisplayPort, Crossfire support, a rear eSATA port, 2 additional rear USB3.0 ports, and physical power/reset/clrCMOS buttons on the board itself.
To be honest, I can't see myself using any of those features, and I could re-invest those extra $30-40 elsewhere in the build. What do you think?
OK, I took all your advice to heart and modified my build.
- Changed motherboard to MSI FM2-A85X-G65. Seems like a good mid-range board, especially liked the included M-Connectors (as I hate individually connecting those little front-panel headers for the power light and such on the motherboard). Only drawback is the USB3.0 header's placement, which is essentially in the middle of the board.
- Changed case to Fractal Design Define R4. Has USB3.0 on the front (just for butremor!) and the nice thing is that it has removable covers for exhaust ports that don't have fans installed. Since I'm using a stock system with integrated GPU, I don't need 7 fans installed but also don't want all those extra holes letting in dust.
- Changed PSU to Rosewill Capstone-450. Before you say anything about it being a Rosewill, note that it's a rebranded copy of the highly-rated Super Flower Golden Green 450w PSU.
I know that some of the parts picked could be switched out with less expensive alternatives, but I'm taking the long-term view in terms of quality and reliability. Anyhow, now that I've reached my Mark.2 stage, any suggestions?