SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > Standard multimedia tasks (iTunes, some ripping, movies, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, headset, and standard peripherals
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but am willing to look elsewhere
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
I am extremely green to serious computing hardware and building computers and I appreciate your help. The only hardware installation I've done is introducing a new GPU to an existing prebuilt desktop. To hopefully save your sanity and time, I have spent the better part of a week reading up on Tom's, Newegg, and other sites, particularly feedback to dozens of threads in this forum; that said, be prepared for some possibly inane questions. My priorities are largely focused around using quality parts that will give my machine strong longevity with respectable performance. As such, you may notice that in areas such as the PSU, I opted for a more expensive component when a cheaper one could have sufficed. The primary gaming I will be doing is FFXIV and Starcraft II with Diablo III perhaps when released. Please shelve the MMO comments as they seem to be inevitable. I work 80 hours a week and lead an active life with friends; I do not live in my mom's basement with a chinchilla and a wasteland of empty Mountain Dew cans.
Feedback of all forms is welcome of course, but some things I could really use help with are:
A) Compatibility of components - Mobo with chip and RAM, mobo with case, all components fitting in case, etc.
B) Other things I will need to have an up and running computer - Go ahead and toss out relatively stupid reminders like an ethernet cable as there is a good chance I haven't thought of it, but mainly any weird wires or such
I have read a number of solid building guides and I believe I will be alright in that process, I just want to make sure that everything works together and I have all the things I need to build it. Last note: I do not want to use an SLI / Crossfire set. I realize 2x 460's can be powerful, but my primary upcoming game does not effectively use a crossfire setup (FFXIV). I don't know why, but the benchmark tests conclusively show it. I've looked at a number of Newegg combo deals, and will reevaluate them before purchasing. So here we go:
Welcome to the wonderful world of computers and Tom's
For a gaming build, you can save quite a bit of money on a lesser CPU such as an i5 750 or Phenom 955. That said, a 930 will be better outside of gaming.
You could save some money on a cheaper case. The HAF 922 is a large mid-tower case, so it's a little bit smaller, but the quality and cooling are still great. The Antec 1200 is also good if you prefer it, it's just a tad more expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Your other stuff looks pretty good. To the best of my knowledge, if you apply thermal paste correctly the first time, you shouldn't have to apply it ever again, but other guys, if you think I'm wrong say so.
Appreciate the feedback. I'll likely stick with the 750W PSU just because it's only $20 more and gives some additional flexibility going forward, but the case suggestion is definitely something I'd consider. I just went for the full tower out of fears that everything would not fit in the case.
My primary concern prior to ordering is the compatibility of the components. I will likely be making an order in the next day or so. If anyone else has any compatibility or fit concerns, please let me know, especially with respect to RAM + GPU + mobo. Also, the CPU cooler seemed to be a good choice and value for a light overclocker, but let me know if a Megahalems + fan or another premium set should be a priority.
Very helpful mrhoshos; heeded a number of your suggestions including the PSU swap. I ended up at $1,842 before rebates primarily because I opted for a slightly nicer SSD and went a different way with a few other things. I guess the last question I have once again falls to making sure everything fits in the case. Both the Scythe and Zalman HSFs seem to be quite large and a number of reviewers state that they had to buy new cases to fit them in. The 5870 is also rather large. My 3D mapping of the case interior is quite poor as I have not built a PC before.
Other than that, I believe I am good to go, thanks again and I will update after I purchase and go through the building process.
On another note, my "Grand Total" in my cart including shipping is $1,874.99 yet in the upper right corner of the Newegg website it says "15 items ($1928.79)" in the cart area. Does anyone know what the discrepancy is? I do not live in TN, CA, etc. where tax is tagged on.