im aiming for no more than $550, heres my current partlist http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fYIv
anything i can improve to keep it under $550
You could save a few dollars by moving to a lower wattage PSU, 600w would be more than enough for your needs. Besides that everything looks pretty solid.
i actually started with a lower power wattage but i plan on doing some upgrades in the future(possible dual graphics card) and just wanted to be sure it would pull everything.
I think it looks pretty damn good.
I think this is a little stronger....
thats actually nice, but im fairly set on the selected case, the only thing i was mostly concerned about was my graphics card, is the gtx 660 more powerful or a better investment?
I think that 660 is better than the card in your list for sure.
I know cases are all about personal preference so definitely go with the one you want.
thanks, i'll def switch to the 660 then, what about motherboard also, any suggestions or it should complement everything else?
Here's a better build.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
try to save up for a cooler master 212 EVO aftermarker cooler so you can do some overclocking
honestly think you should use this case instead http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210002 cheaper and much better airflow which will allow you to have even better temps when you overclock.
Don't go for the 660 it's costing around $40 dollars more and the 7850 is much cheaper and can trade blows with the 660 and is $40 dollars less you can overclock the 7850 easily the 660 is only a tad bit better then the 7850 not worth the extra $40 honestly, you are much better off spending that towards the case I highly suggest spending that $40 dollars toward a cooler master EVO 212 cpu cooler and some case fans so you can have some really good temps
thanks i was originally going to go with the 7850,someone else suggested the 660, but otherwise for cost purposes will switch it back to the 7850, honestly i dont plan on overclocking but airflow is always a concern, i was looking for something more sleek considering its going to be used in an entertainment system.i went with a higher psu just to futureproof it in case i ever decide to do upgrades to the gpu or add a tv tuner.but ill definitely switch back to the 7850 after watching several youtube videos on that card, it ran many intensive games with ease.
naw keep the 430W psu, it's a good price and fits your budget and replace the case you were wanting with the one i suggested it's better then the one you were using
you can always get a better PSU later on anyways and u never know when a PSU fails on you y'know?
the only long term upgrades u ever need to go with is a new psu + graphic card
that's really it
this build i listed you gives u the most bang for ur buck and makes u have to upgrade to a higher end build by just upgrading 2 components