SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Flight Sim(IL-2), General Gaming, light CAD
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere that ships to Canada. I've been using NCIX.com. If prices are the same as another site, I'd prefer purchasing from here since I am planning to use their $50 set up option.
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If this is a cost effective way to update (I think it is), then yes, in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a spare hard drive (I can't for the life of me figure out how to find what model it is, but its about 3 years old) If hard drive speed won't slow down my PC during gaming then I will use it instead of buying a new one.
It looks pretty good. I would probably change the case to either the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690 or HAF 922.
I would recommend getting a new HDD. Older drives are a lot slower and it will just make you system seem old. It's fine to use an old drive as a data drive, but I'd pick up a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB as your main drive.
What is the reasoning behind changing the case? I don't actually know much about cases, I was just going for one that looked cool . All the ones in my price range seemed to have 120mm fans which I thought was the biggest factor.
I think the 5850 should be alright. I have an 8800GT 512MB right now and while its slow sometimes, it does everything I need to. I checked around and from what I've read, the 5850 should be better than that, please let me know if I'm wrong. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.