Im almost 100% sure on the following spec. Im a gamer but im also a computer science student so i do alot of programming, some video editing and graphics design work. I was going to go with the AMD phenom 2 965 but chose the i5 because of better performance when running applications other than games. I would love peoples opinions , and where i can improve. I might overclock but im not too concerned about that right now , im mainly buying from canadacomputers.com and tiger direct in canada (can get a discount from a friend who works there).
Intel Core i5-750 ~ 200 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
Ill be getting these parts in the next day or two but I need some help picking a power supply, im not sure what wattage PSU i need and what company would be reliable and budget for PSU is < 100$. Recommendations for harddrives are also welcome, i dont need more than 500 gigs.
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
The GPU you have selected is a bad choice. It is 175$, and is routinly thrashed by 100$ GPUS in benchmarks, such as crysis. It has some features such as DX 11 that the 4850 doesn't have, but that doesnt make up the 75$ overchage.
About the graphics card , what do you suggest id get instead? i dont know if dx11 will be utilized anytime soon but i also dont wanna keep changing my graphics card.
I was going to go with the 5750 because it was recommended in one of the articles as being a good gpu for the price http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
but its almost the same as the 5770
Yeh, the price is steep for the preformance you get. That's the only beef I have against it. Also, the main draw of the 5770, is DX 11, wich won't be much use in WOW, or any games other than Dirt 2 and Battleforge. The PSU i selescted is made by a great brand, and it's on sale+ theres a rebate. 700 watts is a overkill, but it's good, since you won't have to buy a new one if you crossfire later, or buy a new machine in a few years when hardware requires more juice.