Thoughts/suggestions before I buy the parts

midnight_rush

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Hello. I'm a noob when it comes to computer hardware, and this is going to be my first build. Please don't flame me for choosing pieces you don't like - I'm on a budget and can only afford to spend a little over $250. But please, if you don't like the parts for a legitimate reason, reply with why you don't like them. Will these parts even work together? Will I be able to buy newer, better parts for this build as time goes by?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $39.99 + $3.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9AD3B1K2/4G - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104221

Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - $24.99 + $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094&cm_sp=Pers_ProductPopular-_-11-154-094_1_DM-_-17-371-003

PSU: Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - $29.99 + $2.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-371-003

GPU: None (for now)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903&cm_sp=Pers_ProductSimilar-_-19-103-903_2_AG-_-19-103-681

MOBO: ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157199
 
^ Nice parts,... Some suggestions,...

CPU + Mobo
AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz + BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.699097

HDD - Free Shipping @ amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500413AS/dp/tech-data/B004TLIEHC

CASE - I would suggest this one,... NZXT Gamma
$35 @ Amazon with Free shipping which is same as the above case with shipping,... This case has very good airflow, would be good if you plan to reuse the case later on,...
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Black/dp/B002UDK9U6

PSU - Maybe this -
Xig 400W 80+ Bronze
It is just ~$5 more, but is more powerful and efficient(80+ Bronze)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007

RAM - Going with a single 4GB stick as of now would be a good idea as you can add 1 more 4GB stick later on...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233132
 
I agree with the above, especially the PSU. I haven't seen it tested, but the little voltage switch on the little Antec Basiq suggests it is an obsolete, inefficient design that may also be overrated. I would not buy one.

Edit: Do you need an optical drive? That will add another $20.
 

midnight_rush

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Me gusta, sir. I'll definitely be replacing a lot of my parts with the ones you mentioned. Thank you! :hello:
 

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Hmmm, I just looked at the motherboard images more closely and saw a PS/2 port. I'm not familiar with it, but I googled it and it said it's for mice and keyboards. The problem is: the plugin is purple colored, and I have a USB keyboard so I only need to plug in my mouse, but it appears I can't plug it in as the port's only for a keyboard, so what do I do?




Yeah an optical drive would be nice. However I do have one on me. Does it matter what kind of optical drive it is?