I'm getting close to ordering the parts for my new computer, but this is my first time, and I just wanted to check with some more experienced people before I took the plunge. I've done a good amount of my own research, but I still have some lingering questions:
1. Will the PSU fit in this case? How do I tell if the dimensions aren't listed?
2. I think the PSU has enough connectors for my mobo, video card, hard drive, and optical drive. Is there anything else that I'm missing?
3. Is this enough power?
4. I will use this computer for gaming. However, I am not a huge gamer, so it'll probably just be a little bit here and there. Do I need to worry about cooling?
Pretty much any computer case that accepts an ATX/micro-ATX motherboard will also accept an ATX12V power supply. It's pretty much the standard. However, I don't like either of your selections for a power supply. The power supply is probably the most important component in any computer. If it goes, it may take the rest of your system with it. Therefore, you should always look for a power supply from a trusted manufacturer; those being, Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, or Seasonic. Yes, they cost more, but would you rather spend more now and get a quality PSU or a lot more later replacing destroyed parts (and getting a quality PSU)?
You state that you're not a huge gamer so drop down to an HD6770 and put the cash saved on the graphics card into a better power supply.
Recertified Components: I tend to stay away from them. Essentially, it means someone purchased the item and had an issue. The item was returned and tested (not necessarily to your specifications). It passed the manufacturer's test and was sent to be re-sold.
Open Box Components: I stay away from these even more than recertified components; particularly with motherboards. The last thing you want is to get an open-box motherboard only to find out it's missing some items (SATA cables and/or an I/O shield).
I'm guessing you're on a strict budget, and it's up to you if you want to take the risk of ordering recertified/open-box items, but personally, I wouldn't.
do yourself a favor and dont go cheap on the PSU. Both of those PSUs have tons of reviews where it has failed. A cheap PSU like that can kill other parts in your system too. Get a trusted brand such as antec, corsair or xfx and make sure it has fairly good reviews.
If you are not a huge gamer, then you dont need such a powerful card video card. You can save some money getting a radeon 6850 or gtx 460.
Also if you dont need a micro atx case then you might not want to get one. Things will be tightly packed and some compnents will run hot. You can be sure a larger case will fit everything and keep things cooler.
Thanks for the responses, guys! I've made a new list without recertified or open-box items. I've also chosen an Antec power supply now. I'm the type of person who uses the same computer for up to five years, so that's why I chose the video card that I did. I left it the same while I think about if I want to get something cheaper. Now I have some new questions:
1. Will 520W PSU be enough? (The only upgrade that I would potentially do for this system is adding another 4gb memory stick.)
2. The reviewers of the mobo mentioned that it doesn't have a PCI slot. I don't need to worry about this, because my video card uses PCIe, right?
3. I'm choosing a small case, because I plan to move twice in the next 12 months. I know it's going to be more prone to overheating, but how big of a problem do you guys think this will be? Would you say it is unlikely, moderately likely, likely, or certain to be a problem.
4. If my computer does begin overheating, what are the consequences? I know for my laptop, it starts to run way slower, which is annoying. But what about for desktops? Do the components break?
2. Right again. Only sound cards or netowrks cards use PCI slots
3. Reading some reviews of the case, i would say you dont have to worry about it. If you plan to overclock at all then you might want to add a aftermarket heatsink.
4. Only at very high temperatures ( 90 C for intel CPUs, 100c + for GPUs) components will shut your computer off to prevent the parts from melting. I doubt you will need to worry about this, but be sure to monitor temperatures with a program such as coretemp or CPUID hwmonitor
Also most memory these days is dual channel, so having 2x2GB instead of 1x4GB will give you a performance boost.
So i would say that if you really think you need 8GB at some point down the road, spend the extra 35 bucks and get the 2nd memory stick now.
However if you think that 4GB will be enough for you go for 2x2GB kit, it will cost a couple of more bucks but will double the memory bandwidth.
I agree with what both attackllama and rvilkman say. I would only add that you may want to consider adding a front 120mm fan. The specs for your case state you have room for it, so I'd look at adding something like this front intake fan to add in cooling your system.