Which PSUs would you specifially recommend (brand and model)?
Regarding RAM: Also, I'm an IT professional. I'm currently working with network support (before that, I worked 2 years phone and on-call support with corporate desktop support, 6 months with IT local support, and 5 years before that working on my own with PC and network support for private persons and small companies. Also, I'm interested in perhaps learning C# programming with Visual Studio Express (Maybe even Visual Studio Pro if I become competent enouhg to get a programming job), and/or maybe Java. I Googled a bit, and read that a developer PC might benefit from more RAM.
Do you still recommend 8GB instead of 16GB?
Also: Sometimes, I have close to 150 tabs open in Firefox, and regularily have close to or more than 100 tabs open.
Which specific 550W model from XFX are you talking about? Is it quiet enough at full load that it does not become the noise bottleneck, and is it small enough to fit in the Node 304 without colliding with the GTX 660 (or perhaps GTX 760 if they fall enough in price by the time I buy)?
Which CPU cooler do you all recommended btw? I'm looking for the lowest possible noise (lower noise than the Intel OEM cooler, unless the OEM Core I5 3350P is quiet enough to not be louder than the rest of my components and not add to the overall noise level of my PC at load), at a reasonable price. It must be compact enough to fit the Node304. Performance is not important since I can't overclock this CPU anyway.
Do I really need an aftermarket cooler, or is the stock Intel cooler quiet enough even at load?
I'm doing a similar build. I've been doing my research because I want to have a new computer up and running before Battlefield 4 release. Here is MY build. If anyone sees any problems or suggestions, I would appreciate it.
1. Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (WHITE) * Will be released in mid Sept based on what FD rep told me. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N Wi-Fi http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. Processor: Intel 3350p if I DON'T plan to overclock
Processor: Intel 3570k if I DO plan to overclock
4. Memory: 8GB of Corsair XMS3 1600 Mhx DDR3 Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5. Power Supply: one of the following compact PSUs so it will fit in node along with long video card:
a. Silverstone Strider ST50F-P 500w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
b. Silverstone Strider ST60F-P 600w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
c. Silverstone ST55F 500w modular PSU (WxHxL) = 150mm x 86mm x 140mm
6. Hard Drive: Western Digital 500 GB (I don't save ANY movies on my computer and don't keep ALL my games on my computer) so 500 GB is fine. I may move up to a 1 TB just to be safe.
7. Operating System: Windows 8
8. CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Vortex 211Q http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
9. Silverstone PP05 short cable set for PSU
This is the build I am looking at doing soon. Since BF4 comes out at the very end of October, I want to wait until the last minute to get a Video Card so I can hopefully get the best deal. When I DO get a video card, I'm thinking of a EVGA GTX 670 2GB. My current monitor is only 180x1050 resolution and think this will be more than enough for my gaming needs.