My first built computer is going to be a Sandy Bridge. I have already bought the PSU and the motherboard. I am going to buy the CPU next Thursday. I won't be able to buy any more pieces until April 15th. On April 15th, I am going to have approximately $160 to finish off my build. I don't need a GPU, OS, monitor, mouse, or a keyboard. I just cannot decide on what's good and what's not. I think all I need is a case, RAM, HDD. For my case, I would like it to have flavor. I have looked at the Antec 300 Illusion, but I don't know if I would be able to get that along with decent RAM and an HDD. This is a gaming build.
Hi, i'd say for that kind of build youre going to want a minimum of 4GB of decent RAM such as 2 x 2GB Corsair XMS3 1600Mhz for $50. For a HDD, you could get a standard 500GB drive such as WD Caviar Blue or Seagate Barracuda 500GB for $40, leaving you $70 for a case. You can get the standard Antec 300 for $60, not sure about the 'illusion' model.