So this past July I made my first build, I did pretty much all on my own and got it working with the help of a few on this forum. Unfortantly I am not particularly happy with the build. For my first time I guess I did okay, I did research but I didn't understand everything perfect at the time and there are some bottlenecks in my system for sure. Like for example my ram can be run at 1600, but my mobo only has it at 1333 b/c thats the highest it runs ram at before overclocking. My cpu is weak for my gpu and case and cable management is bad. My main purpose in a new build is to have something I game, movies, some coding, and everyday stuff.
I'm thinking of just selling it all for about $250-350 I'm sure someone will buy it. I mean it wasn't a terrible build, I'm just displeased with it, and I'm sure someone would like it for a budget build. Although all this is going to be happening summer of 2012 so it may or may not.
Now to my other questions
I plan on using my 32 lcd tv as my monitor, as I never watch tv and on the computer at the same time, plus I'll have my macbook pro which I can always use to surf the web.
Mainly being over the next year I'm going to slowly add speakers and a subwoofer and make it into a full 7.1 system. Can I run my sound through my computer though, and be able to toggle what sound is going into my speakers my computer or tv? Would there be a way to use my computer mic as a mic for xbox live if I have everything running through my computer? Allowing me to use a headset like turtle beaches except I don't have to pay $200+ for a pair of headphones?
I already have 8 gigs of the ram I listed, and I really do want a modular psu. I think it makes things much neater and just plain old nicer looking. I am interested in overclocking. Idk whats better air or water cooling? I must admit though I'm extremely ignorant to overclocking, I know next to zero about it, but gotta learn sometime
Air cooling is very capable of taking the i5-2500K to 4.5GHz. However, the tall heatsinks of Corsair memory sticks may pose a clearance issue for some CPU cooler fans (which is why I had suggested low profile ram).
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the top budget air cooler:
Ok, I did my research on watercooling and I'm pretty interested in that. It looks awesome, I'm guessing I'd have to take off one of the fans for the radiator correct? Where exactly would I put the reservoir?
Idk if I should get like a single fan put it on the back of the case, or a double and put it on the top. Nor what size tubing and the most important the pump. How much does a full system typically go for btw? The site I'm on isn't listing any prices, but the reservoir alone is 129.99 (although it is custom)
Edit: also decided to switch the case for the blue theme because of MOBO
I keep asking these questions, then answering them myself....Ok so the res will go on the outside of my case just have to drill holes. As for the radiator I've seen pictures of people with theirs on the outside of their case also. I may just do that, but my question is many fans should I have on it 2 or 3? 4?