First off, my knowledge about what's inside a PC is very limited so I've spent the last few days looking up as much as possible. From everything a PC needs to comparing alot of different components, where in the end I felt pretty good about my choices (despite two missing links). I'm here for any advice you can give me.
My goal is to build a quiet PC that runs fast and will be good for gaming for the next couple of years, without the need to overclock.
Motherboard: This would be one of the missing links. From my understanding I should be looking for a motherboard from Intel to make sure everything's compatible, and it should be one that's focused on RAM since I don't plan on overclocking. (I don't even know if this makes any sense.)
Case: This would be the second missing link. Right now, I'd pick one based on the design, not realising what kind of case would be best for everything I've listed so far, or why this would be so.
There few bad spots in your build. The Ssd is way overkill for the price you pay now for and Ssd. Your better off using a 128g drive as the boot drive for the and few main programs. If you think 128g is to small go to a 256g drive. Use the savings on good case and power supply. With your power supply look for ones that use fluid bearings now and made for browse standard like seasonic. Your paying extra for a fan less unit where a good sized power supply with fan speed controller built into the power supply you won't hear. CPu can go with sealed liquid cooler unit or noc CPU heatsink with good quite fans. They just drop nc cooler with four pin pwm.
Cases the r300 or next or n300 or n500 are nice. The nxzt some have fan controllers. I added a 30.00 unit to my case have four case fans all low noise noc fans on it. I can adjust the rpm if needed if the system starts to run hot. Slower you can run a 120mm the less noise you hear.
Myself I get new haswell 3570 CPU and 760 gpu if there not priced crazy.
Intel 11550 is a dead slot. The 1150 you at lest with a firmware flash should be able to drop in a Broadwell CPU.
1. Get the Intel Core i5-3350P or Intel Core i5-3470 if it's within $10 more.
2. The first one is only $250 with rebates and it's a great card.
3. Is that 1x 8GB RAM or 2x 4GB? If former, get the latter.
4. Get a Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H motherboard or an ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP.
5. Do you need a sound card? The motherboard has audio IO.
6. I recommend the Antec Three Hundred Two case.
7. You are missing a HDD. And a wireless card if you plan to connect to the Internet via wifi.
1. After some more comparing i5-3470 seems to be the better choice for me, not to mention up to 30$ cheaper.
2. Understood, and apparently the one from ASUS happens to be the quieter one too.
3. Was a suggestion I was hoping to get, 2x 4GB it is. Though, there are alot of different 4GBs out there - is there any actual difference between them, apart from slight price variations?
4. These two are almost identical if not for some minor differences in USB and SATA ports. Maybe I'll flip a coin for this one.
5. Unnecessary, consider it removed from my build.
6. Thank you, all case suggestions will be looked at. Truth is, I've been using the Antec Nine Hundred for the last 6 years (along with everything else inside) and I can't say I've ever had a problem with it. Though, the Corsair 500r smorizio mentioned definitely makes for some competition, despite the prize difference.
7. Been using a 512GB HDD for the last 6 years, figured a 512GB SSD would be all that's needed, especially considering the improvement in speed & quietness. If this is a bad idea could someone explain why so? Either way, I can always go with a 1/2T HDD and, as smorizio mentioned, a 128GB SSD for the OS and several main programs.
As for a wireless card, I think I'll stick with a regular internet cable for now.