Purchase Date: I'd like to get it as soon as possible. If waiting a couple months is the smartest thing to do, I'll consider that too. Usage from most to least important: Gaming (WoW mostly, SC2 and D3 when they're out, some RTS as well), watching some movies, general usage. Parts not required: I have a monitor, mouse, I can dig up a keyboard, or I might have to buy one, speakers laying around somewhere, I'll be buying Vista 64-bit. Preferred website for parts: Infonec.ca or another Canadian site that offers pick up in the Toronto, GTA area, or one with free shipping. Overclocking: Maybe - I don't know much about it, I'm open to learn if it will really save me money/improve performance. Crossfire: Maybe - I'd like to have the option of upgrading to a Xfire config, unless it means I need to invest a lot more in a better CPU or other components to avoid bottlenecking. Monitor: I will be using a 22-inch HP monitor. Other: I want to build something that's going to last me a bit, with upgrade options if possible. However, I'm conflicted, is it better to future proof and spend more or buy cheaper now, and replace with cheaper later? I'm looking for a bit of education on this if possible.
I'd like to save as much money as possible, if I can accomplish what I'm after for less, please let me know. Additionally though, if I can make some major upgrades for a minor cost difference, I'm interested in those suggestions as well (who isn't though?).
To the best of my knowledge, everything in the list should work together, but I don't consider myself extremely knowledgeable with these things, so please let me know what is/isn't compatible if anything.
Thanks in advance, I really appreciate any constructive input anyone has.
I really wouldnt suggest you get the .11's on seagate. Firmware problems went sky high and brick problems on the terabytes hit the fan. the .12's are probably listed as a fast hdd but, during other processes they either didn't do so well or they did alright.
asus and gigabyte both differentiate the AM3 boards by adding a T onto the end of the model, its because the boards are identical except for DDR3 slots instead of DDR2 and an AM3 socket instead of AM2+, all of the other components are the same.