Hey guys and gals, I'm looking to buy a new gaming PC and would like your advice on my choices. I'm getting the computer built at NCIX.ca, so all the parts need to be in stock there, but they do have a price match for other canadian websites.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple weeks
Budget Range: ~$1000 - $1300 (flexible) (includes MS office)
System Usage: Gaming, web, light work (eg. MS office)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: all
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website for Parts: ncix.ca
Location: Quesnel, B.C., Canada
Parts Preferences: Whatever is best, aiming towards an i5 and HD 7970
Overclocking: basic OC
SLI or Crossfire: Ok
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Doesn't need to be quiet, just not TOO loud. I'd prefer a cheaper/basic mobo, case and psu to keep costs down. I'll only do small OCing, so I don't need much extra cooling.
I'd rather go for the HAF 912 or Antec 300 V2 over the Zalman Z9 personally.
They're both adequate cases, but I'm not seeing what those cases offer over the Zalman Z9 U3. The Zalman has 3 fans vs. 2 with the others and it's the only one with front USB 3.0 ports. The HAF 912 is considerably more expensive at NCIX, and the Antec 300 that NCIX sells doesn't appear to be the V2 model (although it is a few dollars cheaper than the Zalman).
Obviously personal taste tends to be a factor with cases since it's the one part of the system that's really seen, but I don't see any reason not to go with the Zalman if it looks ok to him.
The Zalman looks good to me, are there any downsides to it? I'm happy with basic parts, as long as they're decent and aren't missing any necessary features. I'm not an advanced user in that capacity, I'd prefer to save money. As for the antec case, it says its the Antec 300 2, so I'm not sure if thats V2 or not.
I'm planning on sticking with a single card; can you recommend a better psu?