Hey, I'm planning to build a new computer and this is going to be my first build. I will probably use it mostly for gaming, watching films in hd and work. I would like to know whether the following parts are compatible:
Any opinions on the build and can someone confirm if the parts are compatible.
Your only real concern as far as compatibility goes will be with your ram and your motherboard. Some motherboards are finicky and don't like certain sticks of ram. You can download a list of compatible RAM sticks from the manufacturers website to be completely safe.
I'd go with 1600 ram, you'll have to set it to that speed in your motherboard's BIOS but that takes about 3 seconds and isn't complicated at all.
You would be fine with the stock heatsink, but you will have much higher temperatures because the stock Intel heatsink is pure garbage. I'm not even doing any overclocking yet and in BIOS I was getting 50-60c temps. As soon as I slapped on a Zalman 9900 cooler my temps dropped to under 40c. Any aftermarket cooler should give you much better temps than the stock.
I would also recommend getting the 2500k. I don't know how much more that would cost you but don't you at least want the ability to overclock someday down the line when your PC is starting to feel a little sluggish? These new chips overclock so well that it seems like a complete waste to avoid doing so!
I would get a better graphic card, I'm not much of an expert in figuring out AMD's ridiculous numbering scheme but I see a 400mhz clock and that really doesn't impress me. It will cost more but you can get a 6950 and flash it to be a 6970, or just keep it at a 6950 and it'd still be a good card. Or if you want to go with Nvidia you can get a GTX 560 Ti which is a pretty popular midrange card.