This is all brand new to me, so I'm trying to be extra careful. Gonna order the parts this weekend. Before I do, does everything look solid? The main things I'm trying to achieve are reliability & future-proofing on a sub-$750 budget.
Not ordering a new video card; I'll be recycling an old one that I bought in mid-2010 (an EVGA 512 9800GTX+) and upgrade that in a year or two. I also have a second HD that I'll use for data - the SSD will be my OS (Win7) and programs only. Figure 64 GB will be enough for that as I'm only using about 35 now on a similar setup.
Will also be ordering an anti-static wristband. Any other accessories (e.g. tools/extra fans/adapters/sparkly LEDs) or anything else I should make sure to have on hand before I start building? Thanks!
Thanks for the response! I'm pretty set on the Corsair 400R case. How do I go about properly sealing up the holes? I'm also not sure I understand completely - less holes will allow for better cooling? I'd think that more venting would make it cooler.
I don't plan on doing any overclocking to start off, but may decide to later. If and when I do, I'll look into a better cooler. So as long as I don't overclock, I gather the cooler that comes with the non-OEM i5k should be fine?
Well, the carpet itself is pretty flat. I.e. short-haired, as opposed to shag. And the vents on the 400R have dust filters, which is nice. I'm just wondering whether putting it on a plastic mat instead of directly on the carpet would further decrease the dust intake.