BUDGET RANGE: $800-$600, would like to keep this as low as possible to save for Monitor upgrade
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Online Poker (multitabling + stats HUD), Music/multimedia, Casual Gaming , Streaming Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg , zzf
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference
OVERCLOCKING: Doubtful SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my 2nd build posted. After careful consideration I realized my first build didn’t suit my needs as gaming components added unneeded cost when I am really just a declining casual gamer (casual as in games like tf2, civ 4, and wow every few days - max detail not a priority). Also an OS is needed and I factored in a future purchase of a monitor. The only thing I feel I am overspending on is the case..but I think it looks cool , and its one of the few components I will look at every day.
Of note, I am currently using an old 19” CRT monitor. I plan on upgrading to an 24” LCD around Christmas or New Years at which time I think I will be adding a Radeon 4650 or 4670.
OK, i changed my mind on the case (dont want to pay tax + shipping). So i ordered a cheaper cooler master case from ZZF. Seeing how the 380W Antec Earthwatt is $15 less then the 430W is it suitable for my build? (Also the 380 has free shipping vs. 430 not). Or would the 430 Basiq be a better fit?
Also, with the $ i saved on the case i was going to make GPU a 4670..so keep that in mind with the PSU.
The EA380 will easily power the system with a 4670. Check out the specs on the EA380 vs the Basiq 430W. You'll notice that they have about the same Amps on the 12v rail which means that the EA380 is just as strong. The EA380 is also 80 PLUS Certified. The EarthWatts series are higher quality units, so I would get the EA380.