So I'm hoping to build my first PC. I will not be purchasing the components all at once, I'll be purchasing/installing them one at a time. For this reason, I wish for each component to be at a maximum 150-175 USD (I don't really care about rebates, but they help). As for usage, I will use it for moderate gaming, programming/smallscale software engineering/HD&Blu-Ray multimedia, basically the works (although no CAD . I'm going to be buying brand new parts the whole way. I much prefer to shop at newegg.com, and I live in the SW US. I know I wanna build an AMD system for now, and I want to build it on the Phenom II x4 965 BE. I will not now nor ever overclock, but I definitely want solid parts that will take care of future scalibility/upgrades. I want the capabilities for Crossfire, although at first I plan on getting a single Radeon HD 6970.
Without further ado, here's my idea of what I want:
I forgot to mention that the reason I wanna throw so much RAM in there is because basically all my USB ports are gonna be plugged all the time. I have a lot of different peripherals I wanna have attached.
The platinum rating refers to how much the PSU sucks up the power from the outlet. Platinum is the very best energy saving PSU, but there is virtually no difference between a bronze and platinum rating and you will only save maybe a dollar or two a year. I suggest you get the PSU I recommended you and the mobo as that is AM3+ too and has automatic overclocking and unlocking feature which is nice.
oh ok. i can do that then, i think. now what are your thoughts on my SSD/HDD combination? I would have the SSD to boot from and the HDD for the rest of my data. Until i could afford this SSD or a larger one, I would stick with the Caviar Black (or maybe even a VelociRaptor). What are your thoughts on that?
Sorry, saw this and had to make a correction. Any time you start making generalizations about a PSU based on brand you are asking for trouble. Kingwin does not make PSUs, and just like Corsair and Antec they buy PSUs from actual manufacturers, some of which are better than others. Not every Corsair PSU is very high quality, and not every Kingwin PSU is junk.
The entire Kingwin Lazer Platinum series is made by Superflower. Superflower is perhaps the ONLY PSU maker that can compete with Seasonic when it comes to very high quality PSUs. Note that Seasonic makes all the best Corsair PSUs.
The PSUs that were recommended to you are all better deals though, so no worries. $200 is a bit much for the PSU... although to be clear it's one of the very best, higher quality than the Corsair HX750 and probably slightly better than a Corsair AX750.