I recently decided that I was going to build a new computer. I'm from N.S Canada, so it was hard, but I ended up finding a great site to order parts/hardware from.
I mainly intend to use my pc for video/picture editing, gaming, and general multi-tasking. Keep in mind I only have a $800-$950 USD budget here.
Also, I am hoping that this computer will last me at least 2-3 years. Like, with minimum hardware upgrades. I know computers are constantly changing, but I mean I am hoping to buy good enough parts that in a year or two it will still be able to handle all my mediocre gaming needs, and video/photo editing needs as well as multi-tasking, watching video's, music etc.
Here is a list of the hardware I intend to buy. I'm just looking for some input on the parts and to some questions.
The parts are included here (from greenlyph.com) :
Also, note that I plan to get around 1.5gb -2.5gb of high end ddr2 667mhz ram.
Okay so now for a few questions.
Does everything look alright? I mean, am I getting the best items I can for my price range? Should I spend an extra $50 and buy a better processor? Is there anything here I absolutly don't need? What else do I need to buy besides a psu/cooling/case?
How does the video card I intend to buy look? Good price?
How is my mobo? The selection of hardware on greenlymp sucks, but since its the only store that accepts paypal, has cheap shipping/products I think its my only choice.
If you know any other Canadian sites that accept paypal and the shipping is cheap, and they take paypal, let me know.
And I don't yet have a case or power supply. Any tips/advice on buying a power supply/case welcome.
Also, I heard that buying a computer case with a psu already in it is bad and can potentially fry your system. Am I better off buying my own case + PSU?
What should I look for when buying a psu/case? I am trying to keep my budget low as possible but I heard a $40 case is crap, so Im thinking about getting a $60-$70~ one.
What price range should an average 450w psu come in?
The only other thing I'd like to comment on, is the lack of Canadian pc part stores that have low shipping/tax costs and accept paypal. As I said before, I live in N.S Canada, so the shipping costs are usually huge. Greenlymp doesn't have as much variety as I would've liked, but since its in my province, its one of my only choices.
Any other comments welcome on anything related here.