Is there anything not listed that I should be getting (cables, fans, etc.)? Is an aftermarket cpu cooler worth $40? If I do get an aftermarket cpu cooler, do I need surface purifier and thermal compound?
If this was your build and you had another $100 to spend on components, which would you upgrade and why?
What games would you suggest? What do you have the most fun playing?
I'd really like to pull the trigger on this but I'm inexperienced and would like some assurance so I can feel confident in my purchases. Any input on these choices would be greatly appreciated. Also, feel free to suggest alternative components or even post an entirely different build that you like better that's within my budget range if you think it's a better value. Thank you for your time and expertise!
Whoa! Alot of questions! Regarding the cpu, since you are not overclocking, you should just use stock cooling. Also, an extra .2 or .4 ghz will not be a huge performance increase, so I would recommend spending the money on other parts. Mobo looks solid. The Ram is enough, I don't think you would need more for gaming. Your current psu is enough for sli, but I recommend going with corsair as they are a more reputable brand. The video card is perfect. You will need the 1 gb frame buffer for playing on high resolutions and I think both Gigabyte and EVGA are good brands so don't spend extra money. You will need a cable for the oem cd drive. You case is nice and you don't need extra fans unless you need nice cooling for overclocking. Crysis is a nice game to test your gaming machine,
Thanks for the reply. I changed to the Corsair PSU, per your suggestion. I also trimmed out most of the questions because they weren't necessary. I'm mainly looking for some general input/advice. I have a couple more questions to add:
1. What would the advantages of a newer/more expensive motherboard be?
2. What mistakes should I look out for while assembling a computer for the first time? Anything you guys wish you had known when doing your first build?
Haha! You and your questions! Newer and more expensive mobos are more future-proof because they support new technologies such as usb 3.0 and sata 6.0 gbps. Basically, a newer mobo is good if you don't want to upgrade in the near future. So, if you have enough money right now, go for a more expensive mobo. Also, remember to buy a static wristband so you don't short out your components.