Hello all, this is my first PC that I will have attempted to build. I am hoping that everything works out compatibility-wise and was hoping you could take a look to confirm. School and rent are really draining my money, and nearly all my expendable income is going to this great new PC to do heavy graphic design and hopefully get some Starcraft 2 play in... I would love it if I didn't have to waste money returning things!
I'll probably just use a spare SATA hard drive I have for the time being, as the rig is getting a bit spendy and a hard drive is an easy upgrade for the future. I'll plan on running windows 7 64-bit to get some extra use out of memory if I happen to get some more down the road.
Is there anything that I should be concerned about with this rig? Are there any common issues I should be aware of when setting up a new computer like this?
What apps are you using for "heavy graphics design?" If that's the primary use, you'll probably want to look to a workstation card instead of a gaming card. Though the hardware is the same, drivers and support are completely different creatures. SCII won't be a GPU hog, so even a workstation card should do well for that game.
The build looks good. But the PSU might be overkill. Doubt you'll be needing more than a 500w PSU. The mobo might be overkill too. Unless there's features exclusive to that model that you need, you can save $100 and go with something less aggressive. Look at todays article on high end x58 board vs mainstream. Aside from features, performance is about the same.