I was wondering if there was a way to get the cost down of my build, parts not needed won't be listed with the others.
I am willing to use TigerDirect but only if it would come out to be cheaper after tax and shipping, but hoping to stick with Newegg and Amazon.
I wouldn't choose Patriot RAM if it were me, but if its in a bundle deal then I guess you have to take it.
I would be wary of a refurbished Hard Drive, but if you have to take the risk for money reasons then you have to I guess.
The case looks OK, but I would say the PSU is definitely not OK. Thermaltake is a horrible PSU brand in general and you would be taking a huge risk if you got one of their PSUs.
I would absolutely spend the $20 extra on an XFX 450w instead of that if I were you.
If you live in Austin TX, there should be a Micro Center nearby where you can get a lot of that stuff cheaper, that would help free up the $20 for a good PSU.
I've never had issues with Thermaltake PSU's. Though I have never gotten the low end ones.
I choose to go with Corsair for PSU's. Sold tons in my store and have yet to see one come back bad.
Agreed on the HD, I did not look to see it was a refurb. Newegg you can get a 500gb WD for like $80.
The XFX supplies less power than the PC P&C. Both are made by Seasonic. The XFX 450W is not reviewed, but all other models in the core series have excellent reviews, and they are all the same platform.
I like things simple. If I know something is good (as all XFXs are) then I just use that rather than researching every PSU of a similar wattage and then forgetting about maker/model x and researching it again, and so on.
XFX has never disappointed me and is quite price competitive, so I don't see much reason to research, use, or suggest anything else.