I'm looking for some feedback on the parts I've currently picked out. This computer will primarily be used for gaming (CoD, BF, Diablo 3, etc...) although I'm not concerned about being able to run everything 60+fps on ultra settings or anything. As far as I can tell, all the parts seem to be compatible. I'll probably just reuse the optical drive and HD from my previous build.
I also have a few related questions (pardon my potential ignorance ):
1. Many of the other builds I've seen include both an SSD and a standard HD. Is the secondary HD just for storage purposes, such as music and stuff?
2. The last computer I built (almost 4 years ago now) I bought some arctic silver 5 thermal paste that I used instead of the paste that came on the processor. Is this even necessary?
3. Will the stock heat sink + fans in the case be sufficient for cooling purposes?
4. Would the i7 be a noticable difference over the i5 processor?
1. SSD is usually used just for a OS because it can load it faster. HDD is your main storage. Definitely get an HDD before SSD.
2. Depends on if your adding a new heatsink other than the stock one.
3. Yes, you can always add more.
4. In gaming it has no better advantages.
I was going to go with the stock heat sink + thermal paste that came with the processor. For longevity purposes, would the i7 be a better investment?
Depends on your planned uses. If you could fill out the form that is included in the sticky at the top of these forums it would help us critique the build.
But to answer your question, no the i7 has the same number of cores as the i5, but has hyperthreading, no games take advantage of hyperthreading nor will they for probably another 4-5 years. At which point your gpu will be far more of a bottleneck then your cpu.