- Case makes me meh, just picked a fair quality one that could be had for $40 including shipping. Maybe you can find something better, this isn't bad though.
- Phenom x4, despite the low clock speed, is ridiculous for a $500 computer. More then enough power for any game.
- Mobo has pretty lame overclocking abilities and uses a solid/electrolytic capacitor mix. But it has four ram slots, a $40AR price tag, and a $25 combo, and a 3/2 year warranty, so I'll take it! How much would you be overclocking anyways?
- The palit/ram is by far the best value you can get for the price. It's worth noting palit had an issue for a long time with their fan being too loud, which was appearantly made a lot better by a bios update, although it is still a relatively noisy card.
- The power supply isn't great, but its got a three year warranty, ok power efficiency (80-83%) despite the lack of 80plus certification, voltage regulation well within specs, active PFC (rare below $40). Really, this is worth more then twice it's price.
- DVD burner is a nice price.
- HDD is cheap, well performing, and a good brand. Seagates can also be found for a few bucks cheaper, but the 7200.11 fiasco makes me avoid them.
@Batuchka - This isn't a US build buddy.
@Screwy - Mushkin isn't a great brand for canadians - they charge for shipping across the border if you need to RMA.
@OP - you probably aren't going to improve on the core of this build too much, but you might be able to shave off some bucks on the case, or the HDD if you aren't too particular.
Antec 300 - $40, no free shipping http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6.... Significantly better case. Try not to let your shipping costs get out of control though, might need to switch around parts to get them all from one store. You can save $10-15 shipping by doing an instore pickup somewhere if you go this route.
Hard drive - Barracuda 7200.12. I discovered it's really hard to actually find a store that sells you spinpoints without charging a bundle for shipping. $38.50 from http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/208574/Seagate/ST3500... is probably a better option being over $10 cheaper once you factor in shipping, despite their somewhat worse performance/reputation.
Although you may have already left - Thought I should clarify what I mean by "price matching to save on shipping". You should be buying from Amazon, Newegg, and one other store that price matches like ncix.com. Buying from one place will reduce shipping fees. Choosing a local store that price matches will allow you to pick up your order from them, and save any shipping fees as well.