It has been a while since I last built my own computer (way back 2004), and now that I'm planning to build my own system again, I may need some advice from you guys here in Tom's Hardware. I will try to go straight to the point as possible to avoid any confusions.
CPU - I chose 4770k since in my normal computer usage, while I have my game on, I also have my browser open with many tabs in it. Sometimes I also do watch movies at the same time. The main factor I chose this is because I wanted to stream with good quality, and also from time to time I'll be using FRAPS to record my video and then use video editing programs. If this is reasonable enough, should I go with this CPU or go for 4670k instead?
CPU Cooler - I don't have any ideas on this one, this is my first time getting a discrete cooler. My room's temp goes from 70F-80F or if during the summer, will go up to 90F. All I know is Cooler Master 212 EVO is good and Corsair H100i is good too, but they are different from each other as the Corsair is a Liquid Cooler. Noob question Alert! Do I need to put water in H100i liquid cooler? What do you think should I get basing on how I use my computer and my room temp?
Thermal Paste - I am messy, so I want a good thermal paste that is not electric conductive. Any suggestions?
Motherboard - Right now, I do not have any plans for SLI/Crossfire. I am torn between ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. Which one is the best?
Video Card - I will be playing in 1080p resolution while streaming or recording using FRAPS. I wanted a good price-performance ratio of video card, but at the same time, will not bottleneck and has excellent cooling. I am open to both AMD and NVIDIA. Any other suggestions on this one?
Case - I like this one because I can unmount/detach the hard disk bays so my GPU can fit on the case. I also like the overall look, as well as the cooling effectiveness of the case because it has front/side?/rear and top. I can only go up to $80 for case. Any other suggestions or is this one already good?
Power Supply - I only have two brands to select on this one; Corsair and Seasonic. My target watts is 750 or it can go higher if I can find a deal. The reason for this is that so I can have headroom when I upgrade or add parts. Are there other top brands beside Corsair and Seasonic or is this good for my system?
Your comments and opinions will be helpful and highly appreciated.
I'd second the suggestion of getting the 4670k. If you have the dough to blow, keep the 4770k. There is some debate as to whether upcoming titles will actually make use of a 4770k, such as BF4. We won't know until it is released. But as of today, the 4670K keeps up with the 4770K in gaming peformance.
CPU cooler: I have the H100i and love it. No, you do not add water to it, it is self contained, 'closed loop' as they call it. This is also debatable, some like closed loop, some don't. I like it for it's aesthetics and ability to cool as well as any large air based cooler.
Thermal Paste: will already be on the heatsink you purchase, and it's usually good enough depending on what heatsink you buy. For the H100i, no need to purchase extra thermal paste, it's already applied to the heatsink.
Motherboard: Personally, I build on Asus. Look for a Z87 chipset board for overclocking.
Video card: Right now the r9 280x is the way to go. Nivida hasn't dropped their prices to match the performance offered by AMD. It's a no brainer at the moment.
Case: Personal choice, no experience with that particular one.
Power supply: You have chosen a good quality one, no issues there.