SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, School Work, etc
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Headset, Monitor, DVD Burner
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ordering from Wholesaler, will list prices for reference. Preferred sites include NCIX, TigerDirect, NewEgg.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel & ATI Only. Don't mind Motherboard manufacturer
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe CrossFire in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Might be using an older case, not too sure at this point.
I want to start building a new desktop in 1-2 weeks, and I think I've finally settled on parts. I just want to see what everybody thinks before I go ahead and buy something that might not be worth it. I'm buying from a wholesaler so I can get things for a bit cheaper, however I'm a little limited in my selection of parts (they only carry newer ATI cards and not nVidia, and only newer intel cpus instead of AMD). All prices are in CAD.
if you can get g.skill ram, its much better than ocz. ocz has some bad rep going around, mainly because of complicated intel chipset motherboard settings. it works, but its a hassel to get it to work. most of the time g.skill is cheaper and better. again, i dont know your wholesaler prices though.
if you can get a samsung f3 1tb drive, it will be enormously better. but again, depends on prices. its not going for that much more on newegg or even canadacomputers.
for power, i usually like to stick with quality companies. you wont need 600w unless you're set on crossfire. i would stick with corsair 450 watts. effecient psu would run al your hardware fine. again, price comes first i suppose.
What's so different about the Samsung that makes it better than the Seagate? I also looked up one of the Corsair 450W and I like the reviews it's gotten so I'll probably go with that. For an extra $30 I can get these parts from newegg (is it worth it?):
What's so different about the Samsung that makes it better than the Seagate?
Nothing. The 7200.12 1 TB and the Samsung Spinpoint F3 perform pretty similarly. The Spinpoint is currently on sale at newegg for $15 (USD) less than the Seagate, so it's a better buy in the US at the moment.
However, many people are still leery of Seagate after their last generation HDDs had some significant firmware issues where a lot of the drives died quickly or were DOA.
It appears, however, that the Spinpoints are on sale on newegg.ca as well, so just get whichever is less expensive. (Currently the Samsung
This G.Skill ECO series kit or this G.Skill Ripjaws kit would be better than the OCZ kit, and better than the one you linked. The RAM you linked is 1333 MHz CL9, the linked ECO Series & Ripjaws are 1600 MHz CL7. If your primary concern is saving money, howver, then the kit you linked is fine.
The Spinpoint F3s and the 7200.12s trade spots in benchmarks. At least in Tom's benchmarks, the Spinpoints do a little better on the mixed workload stuff, and the 7200.12s perform slightly better on the gaming measures. In either case, it's a very slight difference.
Given the choice between the two, you should just buy whichever one is less expensive at the time you're buying.
I've tried building a new system entirely off of newegg and this is what I got:
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W
CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz
GPU: EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Motherboard: ASUS P7H55/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Would the CX400 still be able to run this system? If so, it's very appealing as it would shave $25 off of my total, maybe even allowing me to upgrade to a GTX 460 1GB (someone showed me some performance reviews and I decided to upgrade to the GTX over the HD 5770).
a 465 uses more power then a 460. at 100% full load (everythign 100%) it uses 426W, assuming no OC. you should be fine. just cutting it close thats all. however, even when you're gaming, you're not close to 100% FULL load. so should be aokay =D