First time build, trying to say under $2000. Gaming / media computer, something that i can learn to do more advanced things to improve my performance such as ... Overclocking, timing, cooling... reading forums hasn't taking me very far yet but maybe someone can narrow down my search.
With the help of a good local friend I have been able to pick out these parts, but I want to make sure if i sink money into something it will all be in proper working order. looking for advice and/or links to get down to specifics about what i need to know before building. I should mention I have read the forums related to new builds, On this site, and I still feel like i need more direction.
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor.
- With to cool, ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard.
- I like the possibilities with future expansion for video cards, also I hear very simple to overclock with.
Case: Thermaltake ArmorPlus VH6000BWS Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower.
Video card: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support.
Any info for these parts, do they seem like the begging to a good gaming / media PC?
confused as to What:
- Ram to choose. What timing is best when overclocking? best speed for my mobo?
- Hard drive(s) to choose. i've heard good things about using a raid device to increase the speed for my gaming.
- Power supply to choose. mega confused about this one. no idea how to figure out the proper supply.
For the power supply question, higher power is (usually) always better. Especially when you're aiming to overclock. But the features such as 80+ gold standard, active PFC, PSU fan size, and internal components quality (especially the capacitors) are also very important. The products made by well known companies usually live up to their reputation (and price). Just make sure to have a higher (I recommend 1,5 x) power compared to your system's requirements to give the PSU some breathing room. Also pay attention to the warranty given by the manufacturer. Just in case the PSU is faulty, although the chances are very slim considering the high standards of QC.