I'm currently using a laptop I've had for 4 years that will now overheat and shut itself off from streaming videos, forget gaming so I want to try building my own desktop. I have tuition coming up so I really wanted to focus on low cost, while still being able to play MMO's (in particular Aion, Ragnarok Online, Diablo 3 and WoW) at max settings. At about $565 (a little overbudget) this is what I got:
This site I'm buying for does price matching, so the price I listed is the price I should be paying, not the websites.
Now I know 8 GB of RAM is excessive for my budget, but from my research that seems to be some of the best you can get, and it's on sale 20% off so I splurged on it since RAM is cheap anyway. The main reason for the Shinobi Case was to take advantage of my 3.0 USB ports, but in all honesty I don't know much about them. Is there a way to use them with a regular case to save a little money? The hard drive was also on sale, making me feel like I could afford 1 TB instead of a half.
The main thing I feel I overspent on was the PSU, but from what I can tell I really want one that's 80+ certified. Is there a cheaper one that could support my system? Also, are extended warranties worth it or is the 1 year ok? I'm going to be broke for the next 4 years while in University so I won't have many chances to upgrade. Also this is my first time trying to do this, so if you see something completely wrong/stupid, just let me know, hopefully with a solution.
I like your choices. I use an ocz 400w, and it's very quiet; You won't save much by changing to a lower rated unit. Don't waste your $$ on extended warranties. Just do a breadboard test before mounting your board, and handle with care. I sometimes use an esd strap to prevent internal circuit damage; you can sometimes get them for a dollar.