I have not built myself since 486i was brnd new. Got alot of catching up to do and I'm a little lost.
Really do not want big box retail system.
I was looking to be at around $1000.00 for the system. Wanting to get some life out of it without going crazy. Mostly for media (photo editing, video etc.), gaming (WOW, Diablo III and more) and general PCing.
I have been looking at many options, having it built with available components list (Mwave) being one. Wanted to get it done sooner than later and my time is limited. I really want to do the build myself.
Here are the things that I have tentatively chosen for my rig.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS TOP USB2.0 1394 Audio
SEAGATE ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drive (Bare Drive)
Antec HCG-620M 620W High Current Gamer M ATX 12V EPS12V Active PFC PCI Express 80PLUS BRONZE Power Supply
One thing that does want looking at, is RAM. The high heatsinks on the Corsair CMZ are likely to clash with CPU cooler. Would suggest GSKill Ares, or Crucial Ballistic Sport, or Corsair do low profile.
For the price I presume you are paying for HD7850, you could virtually get GTX660. It is slightly better, across the board, but significantly better, in some specific games, like BF3, Borderlands, Portal, Shogun, by 40% or more.
I deffinately would have overlooked the RAM height. I'll check into what you suggested.
I certainly need the GPU advice. I will also do some more "shopping" and see what we come up with.
Ahh.. and the AMD vs. Nvidia once again rears its ugly head! However I have done some, not a boatload, of performance comparison, I think that made it harder on me.
This is another reason to get some experienced and in the now advice.
I will update with changes as soon as I possibly can,
Thanks a ton,