I have not built a machine or paid attention to any trends or rule of thumb wisdom for a while. My budget is flexible, I think a great machine should be able to be had for less than $2000?
I would like to build a gaming system, where the components which increase the gaming experience is the most important. I'd like a good headset, mouse, and keyboard. I've played with 19" crt's and been very happy with them. But something like 22" widescreen lcd's are more popular now? Currently, I have a 19" 1440x900 Philips LCD TV (with HDMI, pc inputs) that I'm very happy with for xbox 360 gaming. Do I need a better monitor?
I already have an external DVD writer. Unless skimping on one is not wise because they are only $40, I could do without.
I'll mostly play fps, valve steam games, like tf2 in particular.
I use a 19" computer screen myself and I'm okay (However I'll come clean and also tell you that in the following months I'm planning to get a 42" LCD TV for my PC). I'll list a good 22" monitor, but it really is up to you.
I got most of my parts today, except for the video card and mouse.
In assembling the motherboard, cpu, and zerotherm cpu fan, I ran into fitment issues. The zerotherm fan is huge, and the motherboard comes with a northbridge heat sink which prevents me from putting the zerotherm fan oriented with the fan blades toward the bottom of the case.
When inspecting the zerotherm fan, I suspect that it pulls air into the fins from the blades. So, the airflow is through the fan, into the fins, and out the sides or side opposite the fan blades.
So I reason that I'd want the airflow to be upwards (fan blades oriented toward bottom of case) or towards the rear of the case (fan blades oriented toward front of case). The only orientation I can get the zerotherm to fit is with the fan blades towards the top of the case, and then the northbridge heat sink will fit.
This is not ideal, correct? Will it be trouble at all? Could I get a different northbridge cooler? Something flatter might work better. The instructions for the northbridge heatsink also say to use the 2 clips to attach to a cpu fan right onto the blades of the heatsink, but that did not come in the box. With the cpu fan blowing air around very near to it, should that be necessary?
Anyway, for those recommending this DFI lanparty X38 mobo, beware about this. I'm hoping everything will work fine, but I'll probably suffer some increased heat or disrupted airflow.