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An AMD CPU would be a good idea if you plan to overclock. You get a lot of cores for your money and most of them are overclockable. Even at stock settings, something like an FX-8 will be great for the audio stuff. It will need to be overclocked to get anywhere near the i5 in games but most games aren't very CPU dependent anyway.

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz - $179.99
2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866Mhz - $59.98 ($29.99 each)
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ - $84.99
500GB Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM - $64.99
MSI Twin Frozr HD 7850 2GB - $209.99
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W - $54.99
NZXT Source 210 White - $39.99

Total is around $700 on Newegg and should be great for your usage.

EDIT: Ahh sorry I just realised you need a copy of Windows as well. You could drop the RAM to 2 x 4GB for now, drop the GPU to the HD 7770 and the CPU to an FX-6300. That should still be pretty decent.
 

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If you are gaming, you will only need 8GB, you probably dont even need to upgrade to 16GB of ram until 3+ years(by then you probably want to build a new system)

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.95 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($162.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $679.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 01:22 EST-0500)

Dont mind Win8 just download this and you will be good
http://windows8startbutton.com/

makes it pretty close to win7, doesnt make it much of a change and gives you the faster start boot over getting the win7
 

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1st of all, don't go with AMD (their CPU department is in bad shape, so if you plan to sell the PC in a few years they might not even exist). For HD video/DAW work you'll be best served by i7 (I mean really, HD video editing is very heavy on CPU/RAM). You won't get away with 8 gigs of RAM. What you need is a i7 machine with at least 16GB of RAM. Now I know a lot of folks will try and tell you that 8GB is more than enough and I agree - for gaming it'll suffice. For HD video editing however it's really not enough and considering that RAM is dirt cheap nowadays I wouldn't skimp on that. For the cpu side of things you don't need as much GHz's as you need threads/cores, so I would suggest letting OC off and going for a B75 mobo with a i7 and 16GB of RAM. Now the question is can it be done for 700$.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qoz1


Intel Core i7-3770
$289.98


ASRock B75 PRO3-M
$77.55


Kingston 16GB
$61.99


Intel 120GB SSD
$94.99


Fractal Design Core 1000
$39.99


SeaSonic 550W
$74.99


Samsung SH-224BB
$15.99


Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
$91.99


Total:

$747.47


So you're slightly over budget.
For the memory - you might hear that it has too high of a latency but to be honest its totally negligible (looks better in benchmarks though ;-). What is important it is 2x8GB so you'll still have 2 memory slots free, in case you want to pimp it up to 32GB in the future you'll be free to do so. You said you don't need a big HDD, so there you go. Honestly this SSD drive will be perfect as a system/program files drive. It makes a huge difference in everyday use. You'll probably need an HDD in near future (unless you already have one).

cheers!
 
I'm thinking the FX8320 will totally dominate the i5 if your software is multithreaded. It might be quite close to the (non-overclockable at least) i7 for $100 less. A very good deal.

BTW, nobody in their right mind is going to buy a 4-year-old "gaming PC", so forget that. They might buy an old 8-core DAW though ;)
 
HD 4000 should be fine for CS. Just get a 500W PSU and you should be able to upgrade to almost any GPU.

AMD might be a bit behind in terms of giving a bit less per Mhz but when you have DAW software that takes advantage of all 6-8 cores, they are totally viable. I'm sure they will catch up a bit in a few years, I don't think they will be going away anytime soon. In games they might not be ideal but most games aren't very CPU demanding anyway. Just overclock a bit and it will be fine.

The build I suggested without the GPU should be great. That extra cash can go towards a copy of Windows and either a cheap SSD or a decent CPU cooler.
 

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Thanks^ but I don't know what's compatable and other details to consider. I need someone to list parts and everyone to agree it's the best buid.
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($166.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.58 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $712.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-02 18:39 EST-0500)

http://windows8startbutton.com/
 
That last build looks good, might be worth going for 1600Mhz+ RAM though. You could easily drop the HD 7770 to the HD 7750 if needs be. The HD 7750 is still worlds apart from HD 4000 and the HD 6670 in that prebuilt. The HD 7750 is a bit better than the HD 6770, somewhere around the level of the HD 6790.
 
Here's my cheaper alternative then :D

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($166.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($90.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $658.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 07:12 EST-0500)
 
Intel HD 4000 will actually be quite a lot better than a Radeon 9250. If you want a cheaper GPU with the FX-8, the HD 6670 is pretty good. Another idea would be to go with an i7 and stick to HD 4000

I'd try to keep a SSD if possible. If you don't though, I suppose an i7 would be nice.
 

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Well you'll need a sound card, creative and Asus are good brands with a 192-bit Asus Xonar coming in at 50-ish dollars.

Also, to the guy who said FX, most FX 8000 series processors BSOD at even stock settings, and if you want to OC an 8000 series FX you basically NEED a watercooling solution.

Good luck!
 

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Just so you guys know, this is how you calculate speed from ram,

the guy up top is saying get 1600, yes i would agree but it would be a lot pricey-er for the 9 CAS, if you get 11 CAS it is slower than 1333 with a CAS of 9

1600/11=145
1333/9=148

1333 is the same price and pretty much faster(only a bit)
 

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