I am going to buy and build this computer asap, should be within a month.
I will use it mainly for gaming on my 1440 x 900 monitor ( although I may be getting a HD one fairly soon ), internet use, watching video's and television with a tuner card, and doing all my essays for Universities etc.
I play games such as; MW2, Far Cry 2, Crysis, Fallout 3, WOW, etc.
Just to note that this is my first build and I can't wait.
Case Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Midi Tower Case - Black
However my friend is buying my old GPU (A HD 5670) and my DDR2 Ram for £80 which I will put towards this making it really cost £544.
Questions that I want to ask you lovely people are:
1. Are all of parts worth the money that I am paying for them?
2. Is my system going to be future proof for at least 3 years? (I appreciate for improved graphics I might want to crossfire)
3. Will it play all the games above on max settings at my current resolution, and also the majority of new titles coming out?
4. Are there any better alternatives I could get out there for a similar price for the computer that I am after?
I hope that I have given adiquate information, I know that there is nothing worse than someone asking question but not giving half the details that are needed for answer
Thank you for taking the time to look, and I look forward to hearing your opinions.
Personal preference, I would rather get the HAF-922 or HAF-932 over the Antec 900 case. I own the Antec 900-2 and although well built, it is a bit cramped inside. my GTX 260 barely fitted in there (and I mean barely, I had to twists cables out of the way for it to fit). Moreover, the Antec 900 don't have air intake at the bottom for the PSU, I had to mount mine upside-down (that was probably the biggest FAIL of that case, still considering modding that case to add the feature myself :-/ ).
With a case with good cable management like the HAF-9XX, modular PSUs are not really necessary, get an equivalent non-modular, you can probably save a few pounds; the Corsairs are good PSUs, the 650TX is 10 pounds less.
1. Yes, looks pretty balanced.
2. Very hard to say... If you keep that resolution it will run fine for a good while, but if you upgrade to 1080p then you may need to crossfire that 5770 after a bit. Whether or not the CPU is upgradeable depends on AMDs future CPUs' backwards compatibility.
3. I would say so.
4. See above.
If you want it too last a few years and assuming you are goingto upgrade your monitor soonish, I would find the money for the 5850 GPU instead. On the other hand if you will still haveyour monitor for a decent while the 5770 should be plenty