SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, browsing the internet, video editing, school work (reports, PowerPoints).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, and graphics card (using BFG GTX 260 from old computer).
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, memoryexpress.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards for sure. The following are other preferences but I can be flexible if needed: Antec cases and power supplies, G-Skill RAM, Western Digital hard drives.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. I play games like Crysis, GTA IV, The Sims 3, COD MW2, FSX as well as classics such as Starcraft. I want this to last for at least four (4) years without any major upgrades (something like memory upgrades are ok. No CPU/Mobo upgrades.) as I'm only 13 and money doesn't fall into my hands quickly. The following is what I have come up with so far:
Tell me what you think of this build and if it's the best performance/value combo. Even though my budget is $1000, the less, the better. However, I will be willing to spend a little more for a noticeable performance increase. Also, let me know if all the parts are compatible with each other. Thanks in advance to all who respond.
I wouldn't take the WD drive, and certainly not a 750GB model. HDD's with 500GB platters are a lot faster. That means a Seagate 7200.12 or even better a Samsung Spinpoint F3. The Samsung is the best drive of the moment and carries a very modest price tag given its performance. It comes in 500GB and 1TB versions.
The above mobo is indeed good, altough it will take years for USB 3.0 to reach even the most basic adoption, so it's not really worth the premium. Of course, it's nice to have if budget allows for it.
Other than that, great setup. You'll have to replace the GPU down the road though, probably quite soon already.
Either of those will be better than the ones you have in there.
Totally agree with Silmarunya on the USB 3.0/SATA 6 GBps, but it's not a whole lot more to get the upgrade now. Only problem for all boards supporting these features is that using them will disable 1 of the PCIe 2.0 slots, so if you plan on Crossfiring/SLI, don't bother with it.
Also agree on the Samsung. The only reason to be buying WDs right now is if you don't like having money OR a good system. Seagate 7200.12 is a decent replacement. If neither of those are avialable, wait for them to be back.
Thanks for all the responses, guys. Here are my changes:
I'll switch the mobo to the "E" version as I don't plan on a multi-gpu setup, and it's only a little more. I'll switch the WD to the Samsung 1TB, and get the G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Currently, the changed parts are not available at the moment except for the RAM, but I don't mind to wait for them to be in stock.