For a mid to high rang video card a 500 to 750 watt PSU should be just fine.
I like this one for $50:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 Hard Drives
Hmm... Just get one that runs at 7200 RPM. It a good idea to get two. One for Windows and the other to store games. This can be important as if you use Steam you can reinstall the system on the OS drive and Steam will rebuild all of your games!!!
Also be careful when you buy a small case that you can put two standard size internal drives which are 3.5". Sometimes small form factor cases only allow the space for laptop 2.5" drives.
If you choose to do this be sure to get a drive with at least 80GB for the OS.
You can get a 1 Terabyte drive for
Total cost HDD $75:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 Optical Drive
There are two choices for a cheap system:
1. BluRay Player: $56
2. DVD Burner: $21
Ummm. BluRay seems good for the price... you don't need light scribe or anything like that.
SO far the total cost of the system is:
MB: $100 to $125
CPU: $100 to $150
RAM: $50 to $100
Video: $125 to $175
Case: $50 to $100
PSU: $50 to $85
HDD: $45 to $75
Optical Drive: $21 to $56
Total Price: $550 to $870
So a whole new computer cheaper than a new release console. It can be plugged into an entertainment system and easily upgraded. It makes sense to go lower or higher, but CPU prices tend not to drop as fast as video cards.
No matter what you build you will need put upgrade just like buying the next gen console or when you have to replace a console bc of red ring like only 54% of XBox 360's did.
So my suggestion is to replace the Video Card only after 2 to 4 years and do this twice. The core should last 4 to 6 years and the auxiliary components should last indefinitely. Optical drives tend to die faster like those who bought PS3 found out.
If you choose to replace or upgrade core components leave the mother board alone and just get a newer or faster processor. With cheap RAM prices you can always add more RAM whenever you like.
See its not so hard or expensive.
I hope this helps. PM me with any questions. I can help with all types of Intel builds. I know AMD builds can run even cheaper!!
and good gaming!
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