APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next few weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-ish. Mail-in rebates can eat a bag of hell.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, StarCraft 2), Photoshop (DNG conversion, too)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need everything
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, anything that ships within Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: probably not
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: probably not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: minimum 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want to run Win7, Linux (Ubuntu/Debian)
After 6 or so years of "desktop replacment" laptops for my gaming and photography, I want to switch back to a desktop rig and just use the laptop at the studio. I primarily play WoW, so my graphics need isn't intense at the moment, but I'd like the machine to be able to run some newer stuff and not chug.
I went with AMD to keep the price down, and an X2 to keep it down farther -- I figure I can change to an x4 in a year or so for a simple and cheap upgrade.
I'm not sure if the power supply I picked is decent or over/under-powered. This is my first full build, so any suggestion welcome. All my existing towers still have boards with ISA slots in them
Contrary to what p55ibexpeak said, stick with that PSU. Cheap PSUs are asking for trouble. Antec makes a quality PSU, and you do not want to skimp on the thing that makes it all go.
One suggestion I have is to trade the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB. Yes, it is smaller, but it would be faster, and a little cheaper. (EDIT: deactivated on Newegg.ca, but you should be able to find it elsewhere.)
Another would be to drop from the 5770 to a 5750 (saving $20-30). This should be good enough for that resolution. While it may not match the performance, it's a little nicer on your budget.