I'm trying to build my own desktop, but I need a little bit of help. I'm pretty entry-level in terms of my overall knowledge, but I'm learning as fast as I can. If possible, please explain your advice - too many unknown acronyms or concepts will make it hard for me to follow.
gaming, 3d modeling, modding, online college programming courses, small amounts of video and sound editing; I will NOT be doing any overclocking
That leaves me with heat sinks/fans, a power source, and a case still to figure out. I don't know what kind of power I'll need because I'm not 100% set on the components yet, and I didn't look at fans because I don't know what kind of space I'll have.
The links provided are for the lowest cost for that item [from a reputable source].
The part I'm the most hesitant about is the hard drive. I do not want to go SSD, and I'd prefer not to go 1tb+ in size. I've picked the Caviar Black because it's a decent size and speed, but I read a large number of crappy reviews on it. Can anyone help me out with a hard drive choice?
-I would NOT buy that CPU, even though the Intel Core i7 2600 is the best for gaming, I would add $20 and buy the i7 2600k. It allows for overclocking (you never know when you might want to over clock)
-Why buy a $200 MotherBoard when you can buy a ~$150 Motherboard for the similar performance, My theory is "A motherboard is just a "Docking Station" for all the other components so an expensive MoBo(Motherboard) is not needed."
-If you want a decent Heatsink and fan (I heard the Intel stock is horrible for the i7) then I would recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ which is only $28 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- For your needs, a 500W PSU is sufficient as long as you don't add another gfx card, but to be safe, we can go with a 750W PSU such as the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750, which is $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- For a case, I wouldn't go with anything over $50 for a mid-size case. I would recommend something such as the CM HAF 912 for a mid-size case http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
So far we're at roughly $1174.22 minus $15.00 in mail in rebates, minus $10 new customer discount at New Egg for a total of $1149.22 spent (taxed and shipped). I also will be getting a free copy of Deus Ex, so that's cool I guess.