I am looking to put together a new gaming pc with the following parts. My goal is to keep the cost under or as close to $900 as possible. As usual, comments and recommendations of other parts is always accepted.
will the stock power supply that comes with the Antec Sonata III (500 watts) be enough to power the machine or should I go with a higher wattage for the power supply?
How old is your PSU? getting a higher Wattage PSU has plus sides:
Headroom for overclocking
Capacitors will age from the date of use, so getting a new one ensures your not using a PSU that COULD blow up cos of dieing capacitors.
Your build does not include a case, which I would require. Also you missed the second hard disk in a raid 1 (mirrored) config, unless you were inferring a raid setup between the 60GB SSD and the 1TB drive.
Also why do you recommend the Phenom over the i7? It appears to me that the i& handily beats the Phenom in every benchmark.
when you showed the Antec, i assumed your going to have that as your CASE.
unless you were inferring a raid setup between the 60GB SSD and the 1TB drive.
now that would be stupid to raid 1 a 60Gb with a 1TB, you know as well as i do, 1024Gb-60=964Gb gone to waste...
It appears to me that the i7 handily beats the Phenom in every benchmark
you need to understand that benchmarks and real world experiences are different, its about user preference. A study on Tom's showed that you'd need a max of 3 cores for gaming and not run into a bottleneck issue.
Purchase is imminent, likely before the end of the year. I need a case as the current system I have is migrating to the wife, who has a machine so ancient that the only thing I can really salvage is the optical drive. I would prefer the Sonata 3 case as I have built several systems with the sonata 2, and even a couple with the sonata 1. That being said, I also wouldn't mind getting a case with a handle built in... My biggest issue is that I've taken a look at the power reqs of the motherboard, processor, memory, video card, etc, etc and under max load it could potentially reach 500 watts. That being said, the Radeon 68xx series looks like it uses on average about 10 watts less which should, at least on paper, give me enough wattage wiggle room. Thanks for your suggestions.
The Hyper 212+ was suggested cos you can easily OC the i5-760 to i7-870 specs and beyond...tho the i5 is still awesome without an OC. You can swap the boot HDD with the SSD, overall faster bootups and if your using programs frequently, your "getting the coffee while it loads" time will be quartered