This is my first formally made build advice thread, as well as my first self-built PC.
A few of additional questions:
-Is a bronze certification significantly more comforting that not having a bronze+ for the psu?
-Should 750w cover an SLI in the future (may not actually use this feature, but would it?)?
-Should I be fine with the case fans + MSI TF III HSF for OC both cpu and gpu (mild-moderate)?
-Would Arctic Silver give me an appreciable heat reduction over the CM paste?
On a separate note, I was having second thoughts about buying a semi-expensive ($300+) GPU with the next gen GPUs (nVidia especially) supposedly being released at the end of this year with superior architecture (28nm vs 40nm). However, visiting some "Should I wait???" threads and reasoning with myself a little more, a sub-$400 card in the next-gen may not even surface this year. I really would rather not wait 8 months when I could have a rig that can max out most games now (i.e. BFBC2, SCII, and in the future BF3, Skyrim and the like). Any re-assurance that now is the time to make a rig for the first time would be much appreciated (or the opposite).
Yes 80+ bronze is better than 80+. 80+, 80+ Bronze, 80+ Silver, 80+ Gold, 80+ Platinum, in that order.
No AS will not give you better temps than what comes with the cooler.
I'm not familiar with that case or fans.
Theres always going to be something better coming out, you can't wait forever. As soon as you build it, there will be better cpu's out.
Thanks for your sanity XD. I was thinking about skipping the AS after getting advice in a previous thread, so this re-affirms it. As for the PSU, I'll stick with the 750w, but what exactly is the difference between the certifications? I read through their specs with their 'efficiency margins', but I otherwise can;t figure out any difference amounting to such large price gaps. What cert. is generally recommended?
Also, I'd like my case to be under $100 if anyone has other recommendations.