That is my bare, backbone build. I have a Thermaltake TR2 PSU, with dual 12v rails, that I am using, and an ATI 5450 1G GPU that I'm using as well. They are ONLY place holders for now, until I get my job over the spring/summer and generate more income. At that point I will be buying a Corsair builder series 600W PSU and an ATI 7850 2G GPU.
I am not buying either right now because I don't want to skimp on quality just for the dollar as PSU's are one of the main points in a build.
I'm going with AMD just because it's a budget, I know intel is good, but I figured with the 3220, with this I'm getting almost exactly the same single thread power and more multi-thread power. So don't bash me for saving money on the CPU.
-First question, how is that case? I have about 300 to 320 USD to spend on this portion of the build, and I've heard gossip about Antec Three Hundred and a CoolerMaster HAF 912 I think. What do those two have that this one doesn't? I use a few USB peripherals so 3.0 is important to me, but the most important is cooling, cable management, and room to upgrade.
-Will I need a CPU cooler? I do plan to overclock a little at first and then more when I get a GPU.
-Lastly, my main question to all of you, to sum it up is, what, of these parts, could I upgrade and stay within the 320 USD budget?
Well, I've had it for a year and it hasn't really done me wrong. I've seen bad reviews on the single 12v rail model, and a few other thermaltake ones. But the one that I got recieved 2011 customer choice, I thought it would be a good one. >.<