APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of days or wait a couple of months...depends on the feedback
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Downloading, video/photo editing, internet, office apps, probably some games (but not primarily used for this)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, MWave, Zipzoomfly, etc.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I5, probably an ASUS/Gigabyte mobo but open, ~ 24" LCD (bigger if budget allows), Midtower case.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, maybe OC to mid to High 3GHz, 4GHz if I feel ballsy
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, thats why I'm going 1156
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be using this comp to send video via HDMI to a 52" HDTV. It usually stays on 24/7.
Saw the following combo on newegg and wanted ya'lls opinion. I'm not crazy about the PSU, Cas9 ram, or even the case but seems like a pretty good deal. Pair it up w/ a 5770 and 23-24" Monitor and I'm under budget. Might be able to even spring for the Intel 80GB SSD.
Second question: Should I just wait for SATA III and USB 3.0 to become more mainstream, and Fermi to come out in march to build? I'm getting anxious b/c I'm still on a Pentium IV 1.8 GHz (OC'd to 2 GHz) that has to be the slowest computer on the planet but I've had it this long so what's a few more months.
You dont want old barracudas and you dont want a 5900 RPM drive to boot on.
The Seagate 7200.12 500GB and 1TB are good new drives with 500GB platters. Older seagates also had firmware problems, I would avoid them. The Samsung F3 500GB and 1TB are also new 500GB platter drives and generally faster than the Seagate 7200.12.
I wont touch rosewills PSUs, they have earned a bad rep with their power supplies. Since you are using a 5770, you really only need a corsair 550TX (which should handle two of them) but you might go to the 650 if you will do heavy overclocking and add more drives in the future.
Cases: check out the Antec 900, Coolermaste HAF 922 and even the Antec 300 illusion. They are as cheap or cheaper than the cases you have listed and are very good air-cooling cases.
I was mainly looking for storage w/ the Seagate. I plan on getting a SSD as soon w/i the next 6 mos. Looked at the Seagate 7200.12 and Samsung F3. Couldn't find a 1 TB drive Samsung F3 anywhere except: here at directron.com? Never dealt with them. What about a WD black 1 TB?
I was skeptical of the Rosewell PSU too. That sealed the deal with that. I can't find a Corsair 550TX, just a 550VX, which about the same price as a 650TX (I don't need modular cables). They're on sale at newegg right now and the difference b/t the 650TX and 750TX is only $11, so I just figured I'd be future proofing a little.