I'm going to be building my first computer and I would kindly appreciate some guidance from the seasoned computer builders here. This is what I came up with for my price range ( $1800-$2000 )
I might switch out the optical drive but I'm happy with everything else. I just have 3 questions:
1) Does the mobo support the ram I have picked out? From what I can see it does, but it says overclocking in brackets next to the 1600MHz under memory supported for the mobo. This makes me second guess because I don't what this exactly means.
2) Is everything compatible?
3) Am I missing anything?
Other than that I double checked everything else and everything seems to be good to me. I don't want to change anything although tips and opinions are welcomed.
When a motherboard says 1600 Mhz (overclocking), it means that it will support that speed, but it won't autodetect it at that speed; you will have to go into the BIOS and adjust the settings yourself. You won't really be "overclocking" the memory, but you'll have to do some of the same procedures to get it working at that speed.
For the motherboard, if you're buying new today, I would definitely recommend getting one with USB 3.0 capability. Not a lot of essential uses for it yet, but I can REALLY see it coming in handy in the future. While you're at it, might as well look for one with native support for 1600mhz RAM and save yourself that trouble.
The 1055T lags behind the 1090T at base speeds, but if you know how to overclock using the FSB, you can make up that difference and then some. Defintely the way I would go.
Hard drive, in the 7200 rpm models, the Samsung Spinpoint and Seagate Barracuda are the ones people rave about, and they also tend to be slightly cheaper than the WD Caviar line. I don't think it's the end of the world if you go with the WD, though.
I prefer Arctic Silver for thermal paste; have never had bad results with it. Other brands, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
I would not spend $130 on a case; plenty that will do the job in the $50-$75 range, though this is really a matter of personal preference on how big you want your machine to be and how you want it to look.