I second going for the 4850, it's faster and cheaper of the two you picked. A 500 Watt PSU is definitely a good cost saving measure, as long as you don't have any plans for big upgrades down the road, but it sounds like you don't for this system. Tom's just did an article on the benefits of going with a new drive over old, you really probably should read it. In their article, I don't think they were even using an IDE interface drive as the "old" drive.
As for 1TB being too much space, there really is no such thing. You'll always get better performance out of the larger drive than the smaller one* since total percentage utilization and fragmentation will be lower. This also helps prolong the drive lifespan. Always try to buy the largest HD you can afford, I usually just get the HD with the highest GB/$ ratio at time of purchase.
EDIT: *This applies to drives from the same manufacturer and product line, as in a 500GB WD Caviar Black compared to a 1TB WD Caviar Black.
For the Video Card - cheaper is better! I third/fourth that.
For the PSU - 500W does seem reasonable. I don't plan on SLI/xFire. Can you guys suggest some reputable brands that won't die and take my whole system with it?
For the RAM - I read the article, I don't know why I choose 1066. :x
I have a bit of confusing on DDR3-1333 though. I see PC3-10600 and PC3-10666. Which is which. And also, this is going to sound stupid, but the stupidest question are easiest, what is 7-7-7-20? Latency? I have heard of the terms, but they never made any difference in the way I bought things.
For the MOBO - I like that mobo that was posted up. For $10 more, I can get better onboard graphics.. and uh.. that is about it. Still, I will edit my post above to reflect that.
For the HDD - Ok, for the drive, the Caviar Green one was bought about 2 months ago. It isn't that old. The IDE drives, I guess I will just give to my sister, and just wipe her drive and donate the old computer to charity (tax writeoff >_>;)
(Added b/c I need input
I was on the CoolerMaster store and they are selling their cases refurbished for almost $30 less than new. I don't mind that it is refurbished at all. All my video games and textbooks and monitors are refurbished. Should I get it from the CoolerMaster store despite their craptastic customer service? (I will add the links in my edit of the first post)
Corsair probably makes the best quality PSUs that are reasonably priced. Antec, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, Seasonic, are all good choices as well, and depending on deals could be a bit cheaper than the Corsair.
7-7-7-20 are the RAM timings, the first, and arguably most important number out of those is the first one, which is CAS latency. The other numbers don't affect RAM performance as much, and are most important for people who tweak those timings to improve stability at the very highest clock speeds.
As for cases, refurbished is perfectly fine if they give you free shipping. The case doesn't really do anything besides holding your hardware, so it's not like it's going to be more likely to fail at that. Cases do get expensive for shipping though, and if they don't cover that, your $30 cheaper price turns out to be more like $8 to $10. For a difference of that little, I'd rather just get a new one. I usually look at whatever cases have free shipping at Newegg and pick from those unless there's a case I really really want, and will pay the shipping.
Yes I see what you mean. If on the NewEgg site, I throw everything I want in the cart, shipping only comes to about $30, while shipping for the case naked from CoolerMaster is $31.
There are also a few cross outs I made b/c when I saw the cost in the cart, it was over my budget. I cut out somethings to cut on the costs - I cut out the GPU - I am waiting for the DX11 cards to come. I don't want to waste my money on a DX10 card and then suddenly realize I love computer games and be mad b/c I couldn't wait a couple of months. I also cut out the DVD burner. I have a SATA DVD Burner I am more than will to remove from my current machine and stick in my new machine.
If I keep the GPU and DVD burner, my cost (if all from NewEgg) come to $686.02 (RAM - KVR1333D3K2 CAS 9 @89.99 - tbh, I won't notice much). If I take them out, $557.42.
Also, the PSU is a 650W b/c I can't seem to find any decently priced 550W Corsair's that offset the price of the 650W. I look on TigerDirect too.
I just want ot let you guys know how big of a help you guys were in keeping the cost down !
CPU: AMD 945 (loong name T_T)
Mobo: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO (I like this mobo so much, I am planning to get the M version for a mini build for my sister )
Ram: 4GB Kingston DDR3-1333
PSU: Corsair TX650W
Total cost: $557 !
I need a GFX card, but that is going to be about $100 and I will keep it seperate from the price :3