I'm a first time builder so I'm a little jittery about selecting these parts and assembling the thing together. It's purpose is for gaming. I'm building this from scratch, so I won't be recycling anything. I'll use Windows 7. I don't have it selected yet because I'll see if the campus bookstore has it for a cheap price. If anyone has any commentary, I'd appreciate it. I'd like to order this week. Perhaps even today or tomorrow.
Should the temps be sufficiently cool? Am I missing any components? I know I'll need an HD cable for the monitor and a powersurge protector, but I probably have those lying around somewhere. What about those ties for cable management? Do they typically come bundled in components or do they need to be purchased individually?
alright, looks good. A few things though.
-Motherboard is a bit expensive. Look at the Z68x offerings from Gigabyte
-Don't get a USB adapter, unless you plan on using it for a laptop or something. A pci-e x1 would look better IMO.
-I have that keyboard and mouse, but I don't like the mouse. Might find a generic keyboard and spend a little more on a nice mouse, like an MX518.
Why do you need another USB hub? You have 6 USB 2,0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports on the mobo. Why are you getting a wireless adapter for the computer? The LAN connection is faster. Drop these components unless you need the extra USB or have a problem connecting to the modem adapter directly.
Cooling should be OK but it will depend if you are going to overclock. If you plan to overclock then you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler.
You can use ordinary twist ties for cable management. Plastic zip ties and velcro ties are alternative choices.
Well actually there are many, many more USB ports on the back. 8 I believe. But did you go over my suggestions Comrade ( )?
Yeah, I realized that. I have this conversation going on a couple forums to maximize my feedback. Someone pointed that out. I felt like a dolt for overlooking that. So I'll definitely be dropping the hub.
As for the mobo, I like it because it comes in a package deal with the CPU and a copy of Operation Flashpoint: Red River.
As far as the KB+M goes, I dunno. I think I just want something decent and convenient for now, and if I want something a bit fancier I could pick it up later. I don't see that particular mouse listen on Newegg, also.
but I had to replace it with the Hitachi HDD because that Samsung HDD appears to be sold out. They're both identically priced although I'll get a combo discount with the Samsung. Both have somewhat mixed reviews. Any advice?
As far as the PSU goes, I think I'd like to go with Corsair but the lower wattage Corsair I looked at has the same price without that potential PSU/HDD combo:
Granted, they have one or two more lower wattage PSUs for a slightly cheaper price, but I though the two I've discussed here look the most appropriate for gaming. I could be wrong however. Feel free to correct me.
Hopefully I'm pretty close to finished on selecting these components, but any suggestions are welcome since I'm close to entering the point-of-no-return soon. I believe all I need is an OS (Windows 7 64 Home Premium Full version - not OEM or Upgrade right?) And I may knock my HDD down to SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1 TB if it returns soon.
As for OEM, I'm seeing conflicting information. Some Newegg reviewers claim that it's really simple and you just pop the disc in, other claim the DVD is not bootable and you must have a second operational computer or go through various convoluted steps. OEM seems kind of restrictive, too.