Hello. I am planning on buying a new desktop soon and have been lurking in the forums for a couple of weeks to familiarize myself with current components & technology.
I was wondering if folks could take a look at this build and give their feeback.
Approximate Purchase Date: soon
Budget Range: $1000 - 1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, programming, working from home
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, but using newegg to see available options
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 may improve monitor later
You're probably right about the cpu cooler interfering with the memory heatsinks. I've built 3 machines with i5-750 and ripjaws memory, but I used the Xigmatec Balder cooler which is smaller than your cpu cooler. The Xigmatek allows you to raise the fan a little bit to clear the memory and I did this for the first one that I built. For the second and third I mounted the fans on the back of the cooler so it pulls rather than pushes, and it worked better that way. All 3 machines overclocked very well to about 3.8 to 3.9GHz but I reduced them to 3.5GHz for 24/7 use in our office.