I have really no idea what I am doing when it comes to putting it together as prior to this effort my biggest venture into a case was to upgrade video cards and memory.
I will probably wait to see what the end of April brings for the potential CPU price drops that I am reading about, but I think for the price point here it is a reasonable system that can be upgraded without much rework.
should all go together like lego, lol, it will be easy, the hardest part is actually buying the stuff. since you didn't buy a 3rd party cooler it is pretty straight forward, install the mobo first, screw it in, USE RISERS! then put your cpu in but not the cooler, then put the psu in, plug ti in to the board, not the ac though, then dvd driver, plug it in, then cooler, then hard drive, then video card. pretty much easiest if you do it that way, keeps stuff out of the way.
You've done a very good job with your list, kudos to you!!
Only 2 comments:
-that's a good mobo, but do you really need an SLI mobo? Unless you are planning on adding another card in the not-too-distant future, SLI mobo is a waste. For non-SLI, consider the Gigabyte 965P-DS3....excellent mobo, a proven champ. If you want something basic, then the MSI Neo-F will do just nicely.
-Consider the Coolermaster 534 instead.....better layout and venting, same price
-Lastly, will you be overclocking? If not, then get cheaper RAM. If you are, then that RAM is fine...BUT...you'll need an aftermarket heatsink for your CPU. Noctua UH-12F and Thermaltake Big Typhoon are 2 good ones to consider. Thermalright Ultra (needs a separate fan though) is another, and Tuniq Tower is great but it's HUGE and heavy and hard to find in stock.
True.....not quite as good, but I didn't recommend it because I notice it's HIGHLY overpriced at the major retailers in the U.S right now. I can get it here in Canada for $19 U.S.....and it's $60 on Newegg right now! INSANE!!!
It's a $25 cooler, tops. But $60?!?! Get something else for sure.
i would go for the eVGA 640gts if u don't want a gtx its only like 100 bucks more, and once the prices on the processors get axed you'll be saving a bunch of money which you could spend on the 640 gts.