HI guys, I finished this build two weeks ago. You like to tell people what they should have done, right? Well here's your chance. Here are my goals: 1: low cost, 2: will not be outdated in six months (like my last build) 3: ability to play new games at a medium resolution (my monitor is 17").
Case; Used E-machines. Oh come on, the price was right, free! It's got a card reader, front usb and front audio jacks. And unless you're OCing do you really need a ton of fans? It's got a 90mm exhaust fan and I can mount another fan on the side panal if needed.
More than I need, but it was one of those "super deals". $60 after promo and rebate.
I wasn't going to buy a new OS originally, but I thought better of that and bought Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99. I'm really happy with the results. It's quite an inprovement over my old P4 2.8 Geforce 6600GT
your psu is over kill for your card. Bump it down to 500w and with the money you save get a 5770 instead of the 5670, or get a spinpoint f3 1tb hdd. Its much faster than your current hdd.
I know you're right, my computer is not "balanced". it's light on the video card, heavy on the PSU. And I really hadn't thought much about the hard drive. But in my defence, at $60 for the PSU I don't know if a good 500w unit would be that much cheaper. If I ever get a larger monitor I'll upgrade my video card to something more suitable. Heck I need something to upgrade, that's one fun things about making your own computer. It's a work in progress. Cheers!