$800 SC2 and Multi-Purpose Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.

BUDGET RANGE: < $800 CAN after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
- *** Playing Starcraft 2 with highest settings ***
- Heavy multitasking
- Running engineering related software (Minitab, AutoCAD, Simul8, Gurobi)
- Programming
- Recording Music
- Watching Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
- newegg.ca
- canadacomputers.com
- tigerdirect.ca
- ncix.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, HDTV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So I'm new to this, this is going to be my first build. Firstly, looks matter to me so I need a sleek and sexy looking case. I also want it to run with minimal noise, if any. I'm a student so I'm on a strict budget. I haven't experimented with overclocking so I won't be doing it initially but if I want more performance later on I want to have that option available. Ideally, I'd like this computer to last about 4 years so for it to be somewhat future proof would be nice. For the past week I've done a lot of research and I'm friggin excited to get starting with this. Here's what I came up with:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=phenom_ii_x4-_-19-103-808-_-Product

Asus M4A87TD EVO
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_340&item_id=031172

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 4GB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_612&item_id=026157

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5599121&Sku=P450-5772

NZXT Lexa S
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_112&item_id=025844

OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 600-Watt
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4362114&CatId=1483

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15&item_id=029823

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  1. I'm sorry but please, any feedback at all would be nice.
  2. I'm sure some of the more experienced builders here would recommend that you not go with the Black Edition, and save some money.

    Personally, i like the Antec 300 or Cooler master Storm Scout cases better than the NZXT. But it's 101% up to you.

    I don't know about the OCZ PSU. Again i can't say for sure, but some of the more experienced guys may say you're fine. (I'm talking brand not wattage)
  3. Ya, I was debating between the 955 Black Edition and the 945. I read some stuff that the 955s easier to overclock so I selected that just in case I wanted to do that in the future.
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