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    Default Virgin Builder seeks advice!

    Guten Tag, Gurus!

    I'm a first-timer, my exp. includes RAM upgrades (cough, *n00b*) but I've got a wedding coming up in May and my fiance' (the boss!) wants a photo booth at the reception. Since we're doing everything ourselves, I'm using it as an excuse to build us a photo-snappin' PC that's compatible with this century! As luck would have it, my buddy is upgrading and will be hooking me up with his old Asus M3N78-VM board and dual core AMD 2.8g black ed. All I need is everything else, on a budget of about $500. I'd also like to take advantage of my high speed internet and get back to gaming with the old-time Rogue Spear crew! Some of them are still playing Bad Company 2, so I want enough hardware to get me there. Here's where I'm at so far, any comments would be most appreciated.

    Case: After a lot of internet research, I've ordered an Antec 300 case that had a rebate going with 'egg. Puts it around $45, still has a lot of features without looking like a blue gaming monster.

    PSU: I'm still stuck on a power supply. Since efficiency and future upgrades are important to me, I was going to go for Seasonic's X-650, largely based on OKWolf's review. Now I'm seeing some reviews about this case having problems fitting PSU's that aren't Antec. I'm open to whatever, really, as long as it's a good long term investment. Any help here concerning what wattage i need would be esp. nice.

    GPU: The Asus has built in graphics that will do for the short term, but I will need a decent card in order to join the 'bad company'. That I can save up for. Any recommendations on something that's a good value?

    HD: I'm still going back and forth btw. WD black caviar and samsung spinpoint F3. Ideally would like 1tb and the Asus board supports 3gb/sec sata. Also had me thinking about setting up a RAID1 with a cpl units just in case a drive fails, which I've seen a lot of horror stories about from all brands. Hell i'd like a three or four HD setup or SSD but this may be biting off more than I can chew right now, plus I need to stay under budget.

    Optical: I'm going to go with a LITE-ON combo drive with lightscribe, why not? As my buddy says, "they're cheap as chips, mate."

    Monitor: Still looking for the best deal under $100 that's LCD.

    Input: Thinking about a wireless mouse and keyboard, the boss's request. Any good ones out there, relatively cheap?

    Webcam: Required for the 'booth', anyone know a good deal?

    I know this is a long post, so thanks in advance to all who read this and put their two-cents in!

    -FD.

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    PSU: The X-650 is expensive and way more than you need. Yes, it's an excellent PSU, but since this is a budget build, I recommend going cheap and getting something like an Antec NEO ECO 520W. It's still a good PSU, and it's considerably less expensive than the X-650 so you'll have more money to put into your other components.

    GPU: Take a look at the ATI Radeon HD 5770, nVidia GTS 450, or if you can afford it, the best budget option would be a 768MB GTX 460. You should be able to find something decent for under $150.

    HDD: The F3 is better. Alternatively, you could spend a little more and get the 2TB F4, which is about equally fast.

    Optical: I've heard about reliability issues with Lite-On drives, In any case, I'd go with a Samsung if I were you. They're all pretty cheap, so why take the chance?

    Monitor: If you want something decent, I'd allocate more than $100 for this. Wait around for a good deal on a 21.5" or higher monitor from Dell (make sure you get one with a native resolution of 1920x1080). You're not going to get something amazing for that price, but you should be able to easily find a decent 1080p display for $150 or less.
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    Should've taken a Xigmatec Asgard II, but oh well.

    NEO ECO 620C for $45 shipped (after MIR).

    MSi currently offers best bang/buck in the graphics department

    For your optical drive, take a Samsung SH-S223L/B/F but not 223C.

    +1 for the Spinpoint F3 or F4 (F3 is marginally more agile)

    How about the C310 for a webcam idea?

    And as for the monitor... No idea, I just can't recommend a TN panel. *VA and *-IPS based ones start at around $250, so... Yeah. Sorry...
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    There have been deals from Newegg on Antec PSUs of late, some people have grabbed up TPN550s for $60 and have mail in rebates on top.
    The Antec 300 will fit any regular ATX power supply, I built one last year for a friend with an OCZ ModXStream 700 in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McSteel View Post
    Should've taken a Xigmatec Asgard II, but oh well.
    I was thinking, why can't I find this on the egg? Ah, 'cause it's SOLD OUT. Could be why I've never seen it before. Ah well, can't win 'em all.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Not a bad deal at all. The Basic Power are... just that, basic. It'll certainly do the job, and the GTS450 is a fine card.
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    It's a better one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=antec%20400w

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127512

    Note, that if you deal with rebate, it's about the same price as that combo deal.

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    I don't see an OS listed there - unless your buddy is giving you the OEM license that is tied to that motherboard, or you have a "retail" license you can transfer to that computer, you will need to buy a new Windows license, or use of the many and capable Linux alternatives.

    If you will be upgrading to a graphics card in the near future, it would be best to decide now which card you want, and then pick out the PSU that will meet your needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
    I don't see an OS listed there -
    Dige-

    Oops thanks for pointing that out, I've heard good things about windoze 7, and my fiance' can get it at education pricing right now (under a hundred), she may have the name wrong but I think she said the 'executive suite'- I honestly haven't done much checking into software yet. We've always got XP to fall back on.

    As for the GPU/PSU debate, I really like the looks of the 'cyclone' GTX-460 card from MSi (thx for the link, McSteel!). It takes two 6pins for one card, and eventually if I decide to SLI two of them together later, I will need a PSU with (4) 6pin connectors. To get that many connections, you've got to start in the higher wattage range. Once again I'm liking the ss-x650. I'm planning on using this chassis/PSU until the next big thing comes along 5 even 10 years from now, and I want a PSU that's beefy enough to handle some overclocking in the future.

    Great helps guys, keep it comin'!

    -FD
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