Hello there, Tom's Hardware! I'm interesting in building my first gaming PC, as after three years the laptop I got for college just can't cut it (and never really could, to be honest).
This is the first time I've ever tried to source the parts myself; I helped a friend build a computer years ago, but he had gathered everything. I suppose I'm wondering if what I've selected will fit together, and if you guys have any suggestions to change my noob ways. ^^ Also, I'm wondering what I'm missing as far as tools, cables, etc.
I have a feeling some of this stuff is way more than I need, and that some of it will be creating some pretty obvious bottlenecks. I'd appreciate any help or nudges in the right direction. Thanks!
Thank you. The Dark Knight looks pretty nice. Is there a big difference in performance between the two coolers? That's quite a step-up in price between the Xigmatek and Noctua.
Also, I appreciate the input regarding the GPUs. Would keeping the 4890s make any difference as far as future-proofing this machine, or would I end up upgrading the GPUs around the same time whether they were 4870s or 4890s?
They might last you a couple more months, but when DX11 comes out DX10 cards will be obsolete.
The difference in the coolers in terms of cooling performance is small, but the Noctua is very quiet. Not that the DK is loud, but the Noctua is probably the quietest around and is a top rate cooler (the two usually don't go together).
Case should come with all the screws, Cables should all come with the motherboard.
Get a standard phillips head screw driver, magnetic preferably, a #1 philips head screw driver (for those little screws on fans ect) a pair of needle nose pliers, some zip ties (for cable management) and a pocket knife. Thats my PC building tool kit.