SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, encoding, surfing the internet, watching movies, general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com prefer NCIX, had good dealings in the past, but open to something different) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (Canada)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I guess Intel, looking mostly at the i5)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680x1050)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Been lurking around for a while. This site is without a doubt the best place I have found to get information from, so I have done a lot of reading. I have done most of my shopping from NCIX.com in the past, had good experiences with them. Last time I built a complete system was around 3 years ago, and have not been paying much attention until now. At first I was just planning on getting a pre-built Dell but the advice here has certainly convinced me to build myself.
Here is what I am looking at right now (roughly) and any advice would be appreciated as I am sure I am missing out on the particulars. My budget is under $1000 CDN, with my sights slightly more set towards longevity than gaming. But only slightly.
It's a solid build. You've definitely done your homework! I, personally, prefer a full size ATX motherboard. You could step up to the GA-P55-UD3R, but you'll have to determine if it's worth the extra $35.
A 650W PSU is overkill for a single GPU system, but that's an amazing price on the EA650. I'd snatch it up quick at that price. A quality 500W - 550W PSU would easily power your system, but you might as well get the EA650 since it's a very good deal at $70.