I have been reading and re-reading the forums here over the past few days as my computer begins to hint that it's time to take it out back and give it the Ol' Yeller.
I'm pretty damned poor and need some advice regarding the components I've chosen and if I'm going overboard (or somehow not overboard enough?) on some of these.
The goal is to get this down to between $600-700. The main goal is to make a fast, workhorse computer that is going to be reliable and upgradable in the future. It should be able to handle large Photoshop files and play newer games at fairly full throttle (1920x1080 max) without noticeable frame-dropping.
And, if it matters, I only use one monitor.
CPU: Intel Core i3-3220
CPU cooler: Whatever shows up in the i3 box
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 (bundled with 8GB RAM)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB
Hard Disk: Western Digital Blue 1TB 3.5", 7200RPM Sata 6GB/s
SSD: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5"
The total is coming to about $770 right now, buying from Amazon and Newegg.
I went with the WD Blue because the price difference between that and the black was pretty big. The difference between the 7850 1gb and 2gb was only $20 but again, I'm trying to shave off as much as I can.
Pull the side panel off your old computer, if the Optical Drive is SATA then there's no need to buy another. Can also re-use any HDD's in it, though would still buy new ones as performance will be much better. Just use it as a storage drive.
Thanks for getting back to me! I guess I should've put all the specs for my build. I tried to only put what was essential and not bore you guys with the case and the PSU and the OS but here's the full list that I've got (including some of your suggestions)
I'd like to eventually get an SSD so that I can start my computer up and open CS5 very quickly, but you're right, there's just no way to get this under $700 with that SSD in there. Thanks again for the insight and the thoughtful responses.