Hi all, ok I am a complete beginner when it comes to PCs. I'm used to buying pre built laptops but since that cant run any games, I'm now in the market for a PC that I will attempt to build myself. After a few hours of research this is the build I have come up with.
My budget is flexible but I dont want to spend money for parts that only give a marginal boast in performance and I dont think I am willing to spend money for top end components like GTX 590s for example.
I'm also trying to keep this system as compact and small as possible, as I move alot and I want to overclock but I'm afraid in a small setup things are going to heat up and explode on me haha.
So here it is:
1. ASUS P8H67-M EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
2. Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
5. Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARS 750GB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I know I am missing a few things like fans or water coolers? And an ethernet card? Sound card?
I have no idea what a good ethernet card is or the types of fans I need for this thing. Also do I need to buy a sound card like the old days or are they already on the motherboard or graphics card. And how much memory should I get?
Any advice about anything would be greatly appreciated.
As for fans, if you go with a case that is small you might want to purchase some extra fans but a lot of cases are big and roomy and have a bunch of fans already attached to them, I use a Cooler Master HAF 932, its a really big case but the 922 is very good as well.
For portability/moonlight flits, why not look at Lan cases? http://www.directron.com/vulc001bk.html
That Antec 180 case you listed comes with 2 fans already fitted so all you would want/need is two decent 120mm fans for the front 'optional' fittings
As mentioned, get a decent psu, as cheap ones may not take the moving about often as well as a solid unit (as well as just plain being crap)
You have a gigabit lan adaptor built onto that Mobo so no ethernet card or soundcard, unless as mentoined, you want to hook up some serious tunes
looks good build though.
For HDD: Grab a 500 GB WD Caviar Black (FAEX not FAELS) The ones with the X in the model number use 500 GB platters. Or you could grab a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB or 500 GB, which also use 500 GB platters. Whichever is cheaper, which I think is the Samsung.
Well I think am sold on the GTX 580 and the 2500K so that acocunts for a big portion of the budget but perferably nothing more than $1500 and Ill be willing to spend a few extra hundred for I guess 'future proofing' if there is such thing in this case but not as I said the best and most powerful hardware available. Here is my revised setup below, thanks to everyone with thier great suggestions, some of the things you guys suggested I surely would have missed or never even heard of so thanks a lot for your time.
I'm wondering if I am missing anything or if something can be done more efficient.
NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case
I think I'm going with the smallest case possible as I would like this to be as portable as possible, and I believe everything is going to fit. As for the monitor I have no idea I would like at least 1080p but nothing too big less than 20 inches maybe? or even smaller 17 inch if 1080p is even possible on a screen that size. As always any input would be greatly appreciated!
Also, with a budget of $1500, I would go with a bit better power supply than that Cooler Master. I'm not sure who exactly makes the Silent Pro, but I do know Cooler Master's PSUs are either not good or just okay. In general, excellent brands include: Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, Antec, and Enermax.