This is my first time building a PC and after a couple days of research, I've come up with a rough build. I'm planning on using this computer for mainly watching HD movies and some medium gaming. I just have to run games at a decent setting so that it looks nice and runs smoothly and only really looking forward to Starcraft II and Spore. I also play Age of Empires III, Company of Heroes, and Call of Duty 4.
Just need a basic look through to make sure everything is compatible and suggestions are openly welcomed. I don't plan on OCing or running SLI/Crossfire and this system will only need to last me for as long as it can, but I'll upgrade certain parts as prices drop and I find that I need it. I also won't be purchasing hard drives. I have a collection of 250 GBs from an old server that I will be using. I'm thinking about buy the bigger 1TB and such near Black Friday when they get ultra cheap.
Also, I'm not familiar with aftermarket coolers at all and fans, so I definitely need advice there.
Again, I am trying to figure out if certain parts are overkill for my needs such as the PSU and additional parts that I might need. I also will be running Windows Vista Business 32 Bit and Red Hat Linux 64 Bit.
I'm not familiar with the motherboard, so I can't speak to that, but the rest of the list looks good. I would have said you're over spending on the Power Supply just a bit, but with an Instant $50 off AND a $30 Mail in Rebate AND free shipping, I can't (and won't) argue the choice (Nice Find, btw!).
The retail version on the CPU (which you have selected) comes with a stock Heatsink/Cooling Fan (HSF). Since you're not intending to overclock the system at all, there is no need for an after-market HSF.
So long as your hard drives are SATA, I'd say you're good to go!
Everything looks good, except you should use a SATA DVD burner instead of IDE. The motherboard you listed only comes with one IDE connection. There is really no reason to go IDE on a new build. That may also hamper your plans on using your old hard drives if they aren't SATA.
However, I have a few different choices for a motherboard and case. I just want something with good cooling and looks nice. It doesn't have to look cool, but not stupid. Also, I prefer to not have a side window and staying under $100 including shipping is a plus.
For a motherboard, I've been looking into WIFI integrated boards and I only need PCI-E 16X 2.0 slot and I don't need to overclock. Bang for the buck is priority. I don't really need to future-proof since I plan on upgrading my components whenever they don't meet my needs anymore.
I'm really clueless on motherboards and again I just need it to run my above components. I'm not interested in running SLI/Crossfire, but I understand that some motherboards have problems with the E8400 CPU. Don't really know the difference between MicroATX and ATX, so if someone would care to enlighten me, that would great. Also, if I purchase a cheaper/budget motherboard, will it crap on me faster? I don't mind paying more if it increases the build quality.
Feel free to suggest any case or motherboard that you think I might like. I greatly appreciate suggestions.
I'd stay with the 690 for the case. I'd go with the ram dirtmountain reccomended. Here's the DVD burner I'd go with though: SATA, lightscribe, Samsung, 22X as opposed to 20, all for $28: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . I'd guess that motherboard would be fine, but read some reviews on it. After all, the P5Q is only $20 more, and the Gigabyte GA-EP45-D3SL is $2 less. I'd go with that P45 Gigabyte over a P43 Asus if you're staying in that price range.