Hello, I'm a first-time builder looking for a fun learning experience. After a few weeks of researching I'm about ready to make my purchases. Please give me advice, comments and concerns of my choices. Thank you
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1700-1900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching videos, Virtualbox, multitasking, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca and/or ncix.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer an Intel i7 CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Wouldn't mind try to overclock to around 3.4-3.6GHz, nothing to extreme because I don't have any experience with this. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this build to be future proof, with small upgrades over the course of 4-5 years. The PC being quiet would also be a plus.
RAM: make sure you do your research to ensure that your RAM is compatible with the motherboard.
PSU: 850W is not too much. The HX850 is more efficient than the HX750. You save more money in the long run, especially if you are going to play a lot of games.
HDD: how about Hitachi? IME, I have had Hitachi, WD and Samsung HDD and they all seem to be about the same in term of performance and reliability. And let's not talk about the nightmares I had with Seagate.
Cooler: CM 212+ is good but more for budget users. With your $$$, get at least a Megahalems or TRUE.
If the RAM manufacturer says it's compatible, it should be ok. Just do a bit of googling. If the RAM is obviously not compatible, you will (a) find posts about instability and/or (b) find nobody with the same combination. That was one of the hints I got when building mine. Nobody on various PC and overclock forum has the same RAM and MB combination.