Did a lot of research considering this is my first dive into the pc build world and this is what i came up with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/deIM . A few questions,
1) i have a terabite external drive and im wondering if i can just use that plugged into the desktop as my main source of storage or if not i have the 250gb hard drive taken from an xbox 360. Could either be used as alternative means to buying a new hard drive?
2) I tried cutting corners and going with very low end products with high ratings so i dont know if its incorrect of me to just mix & match certain brands. for example the case i choose will that be fine with the motherboard and other parts?
3) I choose 600watts based off other builds i've seen in the forums, is this fine or should i step it up with a pricier product?
4)With this build is it very safe to say i can run most games on high to ultra settings?
keep in mind i will be purchasing by the end of August so these prices might drop, ive set the price reminders on pcpartpickers site. For now im thinking i can use my labtop for its screen,keyboard & i have a mouse. I have cousins that would want one of these builds also so we might just all have the same one soon.
curious as to why choose the CPU: 955 over the 965? $5 difference but rated better.
Also the case you picked out, is that your preference or do i need it for better temp control. The video cards you suggested are insanely good but i wont be playing those very heavy type of games. Just looking forward to Dota 2 and the warZ maybe starcraft 2 so wouldn't the $70 card i listed above work? Everything else looks very reasonable and in my price budget thanks!