APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Basic computing, Gaming (TF2, L4D, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: KB/Mouse, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, whatever is cheaper
PARTS PREFERENCES: MicroATX; trying to make a minimalist build
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: N/A
COOLER MASTER Centurion MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - 39.99
BIOSTAR A785GE AM2+/AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - 69.99
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W - 119.00
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB + G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 - 209.98
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V + Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB - 97.99
Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer -29.99
Total ~ $566.93
Hey guys, I could use some feedback on this build. Thanks in advance for all the recommendations! All of these are found on newegg except for the last, which is from tigerdirect.
That case looks awful. For one, it comes with NO fans, not even the rear one. It appears to take 80mm fans, rather than quieter, more effective 120mm. For the same price, the Coolermaster Elite micro-ATX case at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would be better. For $10 less, I'd get this Rosewill, because it has more space for mounting drives, and historically I've found the quality of cheap Rosewill cases to be much better than that of cheap Coolermaster cases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The PSU you've selected is not 80+ certified. For $10 more, get an Antec Earthwatts 500, which is, or the OCZ Modstream 500W if you want modular cables. If it were me, since the HD4870 uses both of the PCIE power cables, I'd give up the modular cabling for the better Antec.