xthekidx

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You need to give us a clue as to what you want out of this build if you want our opinions. If this is for gaming, then you should pick the GPU first, then the PSU and monitor. If this is just home use, internet, email and microsoft word ect then you don't even need a video card, you can just use onboard video.

The HDD you picked is slow, the Caviar black drive is what I would go for.
 

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I'm interested in a computer for entertainment purposes at home. I spend my time on the computer surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows online, and playing Internet based video games. Mostly Arcanists at the moment, which is a game that will play on the computer I have now, unless I want to multitask or even listen to music at the same time.

I could actually, probably get by with cheaper/slower components than what I've picked out. I purchased a motherboard with an integrated Radeon 3200 HD card not too long ago, and it handles what I need it to do (though I'm only able to use it on weekends), so integrated video should do fine.

What's your opinion on a way to get TV? So far, the options I've found are buy a TV tuner card + monitor, a TV that's good enough to be a monitor, or TV + monitor.
 

xthekidx

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How about a monitor that is good enough to be a TV?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

I don't think you need that CPU, I would go with a PII 720. Seeing as how you can play your game using integrated graphics, I doubt it uses more than 1 CPU core, so you still have 2 extra cores to do your other tasks while playing.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

I think you should get a discrete GPU, something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822
 

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I have a question about Hyper Transport. The CPU says "3600MHz" and every motherboard on newegg I've seen says "2600MHz" or less. Does that mean that the CPU will be running 1000MHz slow?
 

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Speed is not an element in your system build that matters, however two areas I would not go cheap on are (1) the PSU and (2) the LCD monitor. For the PSU I would not go below 500 watt to be safe, and would only go with Seasonic, Corsair or PC Power & Cooling.

I would get a good TV tuner card, look at the reviews on Newegg since all your links are on that site. For monitor look for one with good contrast ratio and response time, even with monitor I wouldn't go too cheap unless avoidable. I wouldn't consider "all-in-one" components, such as a monitor with tuner built-in either.

One more tip, avoid Newegg if you're in CA or TN, the sales tax certainly adds up, especially now since it increased on April 1st, and that's not an April fool joke. I would try vendors such as Amazon (great customer service), Tiger Direct or Motherboard Pro. Do a search in Froogle.com.

The money you save not paying tax could get you better components, just an idea.
 

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good advice aln688, this topic is helping me out, my build is similar to this, and also more for entertainment purposes then for games. I'm hoping newegg comes out with a good mobo+cpu combo deal i can advantage of.
 

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Should I change anything this time?

I looked up the Samsung hard drive (below) on this site, and it's faster than the Western Digital Black edition.

I picked out a good PSU, but then that guy posted a modular one with the same specs. :D

Will I notice the difference if I swap to the cheaper CPU? (AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz)

What if I get a motherboard that supports the AM3? I'd be able to upgrade the CPU later on. (This motherboard instead of the one below).

Is AM3 backward compatible with AM2+?

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LG W1953T-PF Black 18.5" 2ms(GTG) 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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+1 OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W

You got to love the modular cables….makes cable management a breeze !
 
Whooopsie;
I should have pointed out that the OCZ Fatal1ty (400 & 550) and OCZ ModXstream are both SirTech built PSUs and that is why I'd favor the BFG LS-550 - expecting the OCZ Fatal1ty 550 to perform like the ModXstreams.
 
I think the Fatal1ty 700 is made by Impervio and "a brother under the skin" OCZ EliteXstream as that linked article points out.
Fatal1ty 700 = OCZ EliteXstream
Fatal1ty 550 = OCZ ModXStream