System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies, internet
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: none
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Additional Comments: I really need advice on the PSU, I have no idea how much power I need, I don't want to get too much and waste money or too little and have malfunctions. Please also check the fan controller, I've never owned one before.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a really old laptop that barely runs any new games, finally settled in and can use a desktop.
Thank you for the replies! I noticed both of you selected Asrock motherboards. I've heard that they are of inferior quality compared to the Asus and Gigabyte motherboards, is this true?
I also noticed that both of you recommended an ATX mid tower case, it costs more and I would like to know why you picked it over the one in my original post.
I want a fan controller in case the fans are really loud so I can turn them down when I not making the computer do intensive work.
I posted both of the systems. The first was just to try to save some money using your build as a base, and then when I saw how much below budget it came to I created the upgraded build.
I don't know of any quality differences between Asrock and Asus and Gigabyte. Those 3 and MSI are really equivalent in quality and it's just the luck of the draw as to whether you get a defective board or not. Asrock and MSI tend to be a little cheaper than the other two.
I normally recommend mid tower cases because it's a component you can re-use from one build to the next and if you go with a microATX case you're limiting your options when it comes time to upgrade. With shipping figured in the case I chose is only $1 more expensive pre-rebate, $11 post rebate. Really choosing a case tends to come down to a personal choice for some since they want a case that looks good to them. There's no problem with your case (that I know of) for the first of my builds. The video card in the second build is quite long and if you go with that you're probably going to need a mid tower case.
You can always add the fan controller later if you find the fans are too loud.