Need help with build

robkornert

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first off i have a budget of around 800 could go a little more if need be, but would like to be around 800. I would like to use my 50" dlp tv as the monitor, if its not possible oh well. I only play a few games, but nothing special. I do have a hd camcorder and need the storage. I would also like to do some video editing. and last is school work, papers and such. heres what i have so far. all prices are approximate due to the various prices depending on who you go to.

cpu - AMD® Boxed Phenom X3 Triple-Core Processor 8650 ~ ~$90

mobo - Asus Computer International M3A78-EM 780G AM2+ uATX Motherboard ~ ~$100

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green 640GB IntelliPower Serial ATA-300 Hard Drive ~ ~$85

optical drive - any around ~$30 or so

wireless network card - any around $20-$50

OS - vista home edition ~ ~$90

Case - this is one i found that i like but can do with out if need be ~ Cooler Master Storm Sniper Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case ~$179


so from here i am around 625 and still need a PSU and possibly a video card, but there are so many and i am unsure what I need. Did I forget anything?
Thanks in advance
 
$23 buys you a good LG DVD drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

I'd recommend the WD 640 Black rather than the Green. That is, your priority is probably speed rather than power consumption. It's a bit cheaper too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

In general, PCs run much better if you also put some RAM in there.
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 2x2GB $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

I'd get a CoolerMaster RC-690 or Antec 300 case and use the $100 savings for a video card. Something like HD 4830 or HD 4850 would be good enough, I think. It depends on the games you're playing.

PSU: Corsair 450VX, $60.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
 

robkornert

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so in general you don't see any issues with this build other than i forgot the memory. As far as my gaming goes, I may play something like roller coaster tycoon 3 or something along those lines, i really dont play the "high tech" games. I do most of my gaming on microsofts other joke, the 360
 

robkornert

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I am also going to be editing hd video, and some info that was left out, the tv is only capable of 1080i. As far as the games go, yes they are older games if i choose to play them, but would like to have the possiblity to play some of the newer games.
 
What's your resolution then, 1366x768? At that resolution, for newer games, I'd pick a HD 4850. It can get 35 fps on high settings in Crysis at 1280x1024. You can see some numbers here:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/731/10/

Since 1366x768 has only 80% of the pixels of 1280x1024, I'd expect at least 40 fps at 1366x768. It will do even better in most other games, of course, because Crysis is ridiculously demanding. The nVidia 9800GTX+ is also a good card and a good match here, if you find it at a good price.
 
That cpu can easily be bumped up to 2.8Ghz @ 1600 fsb (7 x 400) without having to add an aftermarket heatsink. The case has great cooling, and that psu will push that rig just fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119152 $59.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341021 $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ400FTY 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380 $79.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - Product of preference with 2 Oz Copper PCB & DualBIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055 $164.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209 $44.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $22.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127420 $94.99 ($79.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI R4830-T2D512 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206 $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $714.90 (not including shipping and rebates)

*Upgrade options

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770 $144.99 ($134.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233001 $24.99 ($19.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate)
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail