I built a PC three years ago and I'm looking to do it again.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 soft, no more than $1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Productivity, graphics-intensive gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITES: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Stability and reliability more important than absolute lowest cost, or enthusiast features.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe -- have not yet done it but interested.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like to dabble in a lot of different things (although I don't do any of them on a professional level) and so I would a pretty well rounded machine. I don't want to be turned away from a hobby because my computer can't handle it.
SPECIFIC QUESTIONS: How much memory would the experts here suggest (I have 8GB listed), and at what speed? On this motherboard, with this kind of RAM (tall heat spreader) and this kind of CPU heatsink, will have I problems with fitting everything? How about the case and the graphics card?