ok, I have now chosen the components for my new computer and have decided that Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit will be the OS. But how do I know that everything will work fine together? Is there some way of finding out before hand? I don't want to put the thing together to find it not-working when I switch it on. I'm also concerned about connecting the PSU to everything because it's bottom-mounted and in the reviews this seemed to cause a few problems for people.
Bottom mounted causes problem?
As far as I know according to my experience.
Systems with bottom mounted PSU tend to be cooler and the PSU will last longer.
PSU located in the bottom don't "eat" the hot air "vomit" from the processor.
And the space above the proc is free for another extra fan sucking the hot air out from the case.
I am always looking for casings with bottom mounted PSU.
The only possible problem is that sometimes the cables from the PSU are not long enough, but Corsair PSUs have long enough cables..so don't worry too much.
Is the GPU enough for your need? care to consider HD5850 or perhaps just 1 step higher HD5770.
Thanks for the assurances. Looks like I'm ready to purchase
@Guanyu: The card should be sufficient. The computer won't be a 'gaming' computer (ps3 for that) but its primary function will be 3d and graphics applications. But just in case I do want to get the odd game I think the 5750 should do me for the time being. I'm certainly not willing to pay for a 5850.
This is a very good tool to calculate how much power the PC would consume at peak...So get a PSU with the wattage rounded off - with atleast 50-75W headroom http://www.antec.outervision.com/
Select the components and select Capacitor aging to 20-25%...
The RAM that you have linked says DDR3...
If you will be using a AM3 socket mobo or Intel i5/ i7, then you will need DDR3 RAM...and specifically for Intel i5 and i7, the RAM should operate at 1.65V or less...but higher is OK for AMD AM3 CPUs...
You might want to buy a new proc fan, because your current fan doesn't have the appropriate mounting kit for 1156.
For future upgrade purposes, get a PSU with at least 2 PCIe GPU output (SLI/X-fire ready) even if you are using only single GPU configuration. A HD5830 or higher needs 2 power inputs. The power rating and the brands are already given by gkay09