As I said... I picked the cheapest RAM and a mid-priced PSU (for better than average performance) because I don't really know which ones are good. If anybody can help, I would really appreciate that.
With my budget, that leaves me around 70 bucks to tweak around and find the best build. Since this is my first build, I have no experience doing so, which leaves it to the gurus like you guys out here... haha.
Anyway, my original plan was to wait for Black Firday because I expect there'd be some good deals on newegg. But I thought not everything can be given discounts especially on quick-selling items. What do you guys think? If there shouldn't be any extremely budget-saving sale on newegg, I would just buy the computer now, as the combo deals are good enough money-saving for me.
Depends on what you want to play, you won't be able to play games like Crysis on high settings at that resolution. Since this is primarily a gaming rig, you should get the best graphics card that you can afford.
As for the PSU, it's quite the opposite actually, they require less power so the 550W is plenty if you'll be running only one graphics card.
no, new gpu's and cpu consume less power, opose to the older quad cores and 8800 nvidia series, 550 corsair will actually do 600 if need it, because it does double the out put under load, any ways, look at the Asus evo 790x its a great mother board to over clock your cpu and get the most out of it. also +1 on 5850, 5770 its ok but its not better than a older 4870 so consider the 5850 for a little more, I usually recomend wating 2 more weeks if you can get at least $200 more, it will do alot better with 1000, you will be able to get i5 which is better in performance but its your call.
For some reason, I prefer AMD over Intel for desktop computers... maybe because a lot of my friends with custom build computers use AMD. And for this reason, i'm more biased in considering build's build.
so picking the 5850 is not really in my original plan but i am considering it. i'm reading some of the reviews now...
If you can scrounge up the extra $100 from somewhere or even just wait until you get another $100, the 5850 is a better option for your gaming computer. Or, if money is the issue, why not look at a 4890, which is more powerful than the 5770?