I have been spending a few days reading up on these forums and different sites about building your own PC. I've decided that since I need a new one anyway, maybe I'll give building one a try. These are the parts I have selected so far...
Is this a reasonably good computer? I'm going to do some gaming on it (SC2 mostly), watching videos (pref in HD), and then the basic computer stuff.
I don't know what heatsink I should use, do i get one with a fan? If someone could recommend one for me that'd be great. Also, if there's something else I should change, let me know because like I said, it's my first time and really have no idea what I'm doing.
The GTX460 is a solid mid range card, but, if planning on gaming at 1080P, I'd be planning on adding a 2nd one in SLI at some point. (If your monitor is only capable of 1600x1200 or below, you should be good)
Heatsinks are only needed if you plan on overclocking. Your processor will come with a stock heatsink that is designed for keeping that processor cool under regular conditions.
Now if you live in a very hot environment or plan on neglecting your computer (ie dust) for months to years then I would suggest a better heatsink to make up the difference.
I use the Xigmatek Dark knight s1283V, the s1283 is also a very good cooler just not black, $10 cheaper and no white LED fan. Keep in mind though that this one is big.
If you are looking for something popular and smaller then ide suggest checking newegg and sorting it by most reviews. There are some there with over 4000 5 star reviews. Cant really go wrong with something that many people like.
The cooler your chip is, the longer it will last.
And if you do plan on overclocking, you might want a bigger case and alot more fan power.
Thank you for the info on the heatsink. Since in the near future I will not be overclocking, I'll wait on getting a heatsink just so I know exactly how much space I will have inside the case.
I am considering getting a SSD. How does this work as far as booting up the computer and the what not? Does someone know where I can read up on it, or want to just let me know what to do. I've done a little bit of reading on it, and know that it's worth it because it will boot up the computer real quick. But I don't know how big of one I would need, or which brand would be good.
Alright, then I'll skip the SSD too. Now for my final question before I buy this computer. I have a relatively new hard drive in my current system (250GB, 2 years old). Can i just install this drive along with the new one? Is it a problem that the drive has Win XP Pro on it? I'm basically lazy and don't want to have to save and move all my files onto my external drive (1.5 TB Seagate) to move them back onto the new drive.