i've been looking around for a new computer, but then decided it was best just to get all the parts that i wanted myself and try to build it. i've never done this before so i'm not 100% sure that i got all the parts that i need and that they will actually fit. one thing is for sure though: it definitely is a lot of fun spending time looking for the best parts and trying to build a computer from scratch. i've spent far too many late nights / early mornings in the past week doing so.
the build that i had in mind won't be too expensive - my budget is about $500-$550 and the most demanding tasks will be video and music playing, also, occasionally, gaming (not the most recent games).
i'd really appreciate some input. is there anything that could be better that i could get for less or the same amount of money? is something completely out of place? i'm sure i've missed something.
Case: SilverStone TJ08
PSU: Corsair VX450W
Motherboard: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with: ATI Radeon HD 3200, Realtek ALC1200, Onboard LAN
CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 7850 2.8Ghz, Dual Core, 3MB, 95W, Socket AM2+, Black Edition
Video card: will upgrade later
RAM: Kingston HyperX Dual Channel Kit - 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB ) - DIMM 240-pin - DDR2 1066mhz
DVD: DVD±RW Samsung 22X DL S-ATA (i just picked the cheapest one - bad idea?)
Hard drive: got a 500gb one, might buy another one later.
a few of the things that i've been wondering about is if the psu gives enough w, whether the motherboard is ok or if there are better ones, other cases (i've been trying to pick between the silverstone and thermaltek lanbox)?
i plan to updgrade the video card once i can afford it as well, would it be a good idea to get another radeon hd card to use in crossfire, and if so, what card?
lastly, any suggestions for monitors? i don't want something too expensive, but still something that will be alright for watching movies et.c. on.
thanks for your help!
edit: sorry, one more thing. i was lying a bit there, i do intend to use it quite a bit for gaming actually (at the moment, mostly older games like battlefield 2, h-l 2, but definitely diablo 3 once it's out and possibly slightly more demanding games as well like crysis). and my question is this: will this setup be easy to upgrade later on?
Edited by DGRipan, 26 July 2009 - 11:52 AM.