Approximate Purchase Date: From next week (nov 10) until christmas- assembled/completed around christmas/boxing day
Budget Range: 850$ including shipping&tax
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, homework
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada- part picker; anywhere that will ship to me
Location: Nova Scotia- Canada
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: Gaming computer- want to build around quad core i5
QUESTION LIST: *** I am looking for comments on prices, where can I find these super deals on these parts?
1. Where can I find this MB cheaper than the 109.99 CAD? in US, that MB is 65$ + free s/h
2. Should I buy the 7870 GHZ edition GPU tomorrow (nov 4) @ 209.99? I'm thinking its a good price with the 20.00$ off?
3. PSU wattage- see below, or provide insight on wattage needs
Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer: 2007 macbook, says it all.
The RAM because it is decent quality/faster, at the same price (CPU supports 1600MHz)
Power supply, because it's equal, if not better, plus modular, and gives you more in hand, over base requirement, to allow for GPU overclocking/ add-ons, and doesn't have to work as hard, so should be quieter, and last longer. Worth small additional cost.
The Asus seems to be the best value available. It is probably slightly outperformed, by the MSI TwinFrozr, but whether that would justify the extra cost is debatable.
As for Windows 8, I don't honestly see that it adds much, for most people. It may prove me wrong, but personally I'd prefer to wait, and let others find, and sort the inevitable bugs, before committing. It may be slightly more expensive, to go with W7, and then find it is worth upgrading, but it's a d*** site less risky.