Hi there. Long time reader, first time poster on Toms Hardware. My previous system just died after 3 years, and now it is time for a new one.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week BUDGET RANGE: 2000-2500 CAN. (lower the better within this range) before taxes and shipping
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, movies, multi-tasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, psu Corsair 650tx
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: Not Picky, would prefer a full-tower case
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, at a later date SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, at a later date
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is for a complete system, ie tower, monitor, keyboard, mouse. I intend it to last 2-3 years of peak gaming, with upgrades. I will reuse the psu, since it has only seen about 4 months of service, unless it will be incapable of supplying the system as is.. will be upgrading after a year when adding a second graphics card. System must have a minimum 3 Tb of storage. Will use vista premium 64-bit until the release of Win 7.
This is what I have considered to date. Please feel free to criticize/suggest different options. As is, it comes out to 2131.31 before taxes. Canadian dollars.
OKGEAR 36" SATA II cable, UV BLUE Model GC36AUBM12 - OEM 3.49 X 4
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail 119.99
Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Retail 39.99
Logitech MX Revolution Black 7 Buttons 2 x Wheels USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse - Retail 104.99
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers - Retail 209.99
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM 135.99
U.S. Robotics USR5637 56Kbps USB High-performance V.92 modem - Retail 61.99
Couple extra notes: I need a dial-up modem due to my location at the moment, no access to high-speed net (hence also impossible to use Win7 RC). Will be adding a second identical monitor at a later date.
What was your total? I don't want to make your build a clone of everyone else's, but I think you might do a bit better on the case. Xclio is a good case maker in some ways, but I have had my hands on a few and I find Cooler Master and Antec have a higher quality feel. Maybe that's more important to me though, as I prefer higher end cases personally such as Silverstone or Lian Li.