1) Do I really need a 650w power supply or can I drop it to something cheaper?
2) I decided on a Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 4850, which has an extremely quiet fan. Are 3 120mm fans on the case enough or should I get another fan set? (I'd prefer not to, but don't want anything melting)
I gave up on the dual hard drive idea. Money's getting REALLY tested and I'm pushed into the 1200 region. I don't get a lot of viruses anyway; Even if I did I can deal with them easily.
Speakers, 10 bucks. I'm not fussy about music. Keyboards, 18 bucks. Mouse, I went for a decent one. 30 bucks.
Does anyone know a good, REALLY cheap, 19-inch moniter? The decent one I found on Tigerdirect was 139.99.
A good quality 500-550W power supply is fine for a 95W CPU and a Radeon 4850. What kind of system are you building? Have you decided on i7 or Phenom II?
I understand you're strapped for cash - but if you're looking for 1TB storage you might as well go with two drives in RAID 0.
A WD Caviar Green 1TB is $100. You can get 2x Caviar Black 640GB for $140. Thats 1.28TB of storage plus you get double the speed and double the bandwidth of a single drive. Well worth the extra.
I strongly advise going with two drives in RAID 0.
Also - unless you're overclocking, you won't need any case fans at all. If you want to save; don't bother with case fans.
Edited by flak4 - 4/29/09 at 10:59am