I made a list on PCPartPicker, but to be honest I do not really know what I am doing when it comes to choosing all this stuff. It must have a SSD for the OS and then an HDD for storage and what not. My goal is to build a computer that is similar to a system I can buy from a vendor, but build it for less.
Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of June.
Budget Range: Under $2000; what to build a computer similar to those on the market, but cheaper
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , Music, General(office), Pictures, Simulations (ie. rendering and development software) and movies
Are you buying a monitor: Possible, I do have a 51" plasma, but that wouldn't be practical for working
Parts to Upgrade: New build from Scratch!
Do you need to buy OS: No. Windows 8 would be nice though?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada Computers, Newegg, (amazon i guess)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, none other than that
SLI or Crossfire: What's the difference?
Your Monitor Resolution: No moniter.
Additional Comments: I like the Zalman Z11 Plus (case) and I would like liquid cooling and internal/external lighting
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: New Build
I made a list on PCPartPicker but to be honest I do not really know what I am doing when it comes to choosing all this stuff. It must have a SSD for the OS and then an HDD for storage and what not. My goal is to build a computer that is similar to a system I can buy from a vendor, but build it for less.
Motherboards all have an Ethernet adapter on them, so you probably won't need the separate wired Ethernet adapter.
Good hard drive choice; I like the WD Blacks myself.
The PSU is a good size and good quality.
You might be spending more than needed on the motherboard. Unless you're planning on multiple graphics cards and high overclocks, you may not even need to spend half that.
Motherboard sound is pretty good these days. Unless you'll be using $400 speakers or attaching your system to a stereo system, you probably won't need the sound card. In any case, it is something that is easy to add later if you decide you do.
Mid towers are fine. Full towers are used by people either with multiple high-end graphics cards that need the additional cooling a full tower can provide (yours does not, especially if that's one of the EVGA cards that exhausts its heat), or they need the space for a stack of hard drives.
Okay, so I have taken some things into consideration and this is the new list I've come up with so far. Still haven't decided on a case. I am going to stick with the 16gb of RAM. Still have a bit of budget left so what else should I change/upgrade/add.
Change the SSD to the 840 PRO. The vanilla version of the 120GB drive was dinged pretty badly for poor performance by HardOCP in their review of it.
Something I personally do now that you may like also is get two data drives and run them in RAID1 for protection against drive failure. You still need to do backups, so an external USB3.0 drive like a WD My Passport (its software can do versioning, which is nice) is a good backup solution.
With a budget up to $2000, you also have room for a UPS. I like the Cyberpower PFC series (have two different ones), which have a waveform that won't cause more sensitive Active PFC PSUs to shut off.