So, yeah. Like the title says, its a light gaming pc. I am pretty sure everything else that I will be doing is below gaming, so as long as it's good enough for light gaming I am happy.
PS: this is my first complete build, and while I consider myself rather tech saavy, I am worried about incompatibilities. If you notice any, please say something. All imput is welcome and appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: December BUDGET RANGE: This build is already within budget, just trying to reduce the costs a bit more. I am a bit of a cheap person lol.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light gaming, surfing internet including youtube and hd videos on youtube, some general video editing for fun, homework, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need absolutely everything besides the OS. I will most likely be using a 64-bit version of Windows 7
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada (the price difference is nearly non-existent now, in case you need to know)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer an AMD cpu and ATI gpu, just because they have the best performance/price ratio.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but not right away and not extreme SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Doesn't matter too much to me. The monitor I have chosen is at 1900 x 1200 but it's not written in stone
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I realize that my choice in case isn't the cheapest, but that case looks absolutely amazing and I am willing to spend the extra 30 bucks to get that one instead of a cheaper one.
Why such a horribly overpriced case for a PC at this modest budget? Get a cheaper one. A good idea would be to get the Antec Sonata III. A quality case with a built-in 500w Antec earthwatts PSU. That solves your PSU problem as well. It's very silent as well.
Why get a 640GB HDD? These use 320GB platters, resulting in poor performance. Try to get a 500GB or a 1TB model (the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a great performer at a modest cost, comes in both sizes).
You could get a better GPU. Try to put in a 4870, it's not that much more expensive.
There are more than a couple reasons why I want that case. While I am trying to cut costs, I still don't want to save money by getting something I don't want. The HAF 922 case's style is almost built for me. Everything in that case seems perfect, except for the price obviously. Also, I want a good large case that will bring me through a few builds. Unfourtunately that decision still leaves me with the PSU problem.
I think I will get a 500 GB drive. Like you said, it has better performance. Also, if I ever need more space I'll just get another one, that way I'll have a backup one if one of them fails.
The problem with choosing a gpu for me is the selection. There are only about 4 4870 gpu's offered at the canadian version of newegg. I will keep looking around though. The last thing I want to do is get a gpu that just is just barely too weak for my uses.