Hello, looking to build a new computer, but reuse case from a previous 'assisted' build. This time is a solo effort so I could really use someone idiot checking my parts selection and reasoning.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I get a review!
Budget Range: ~1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Internet
Parts Not Required: KB,Mouse,Monitor (might use 46" HDTV or old Samsung monitor), 2x ODD's (CD/DVD), Hopefully reusing Thermaltake Armor Series V8000BWS mine is similar - doesn't have side fan but is a full tower. It's using ATX format backplate.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/tigerdirect etc, wherever is cheapest!
Country: USA (Sacto)
Overclocking: Yes, but only in so far as 'auto OC' features..
Memory: GSKILL Sniper 2x4GB ($42.99)I'm really uncertain on the memory bit.. Ripjaw's seem popular, previously I had gotten Crucial Ballistix... I would like stable, effective memory that responds well to an 'auto OC' feature.
HDD:Reformat and reuse Seagate barracude 7200RPM 250GB for storage/unimportant stuff
If you aren't planning on overclocking hardcore (i.e: over 3.8 Ghz or so) I wouldn't worry about getting a heatsink, as the standard one will keep you plenty cool. Can't go wrong with EVGA graphics, I use them in every build.
I'm not sure if you noticed, so just as a heads up, your RAM is only compatible with your motherboard at 1600 if you overclock it in the BIOS. If you do not plan on/do not know how to do this properly, I would suggest downgrading to 1333 and saving a couple of bucks there as well. Or as an alternative, you can get an ASRock P67 motherboard which is much better option (in my opinion) for overclocking, and it will take the 1600 RAM as 1600 right out of the box. Check out the Extreme4 edition (It's also cheaper, as it's slightly older technology than the Z68): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you go to the above motherboard and lose the heatsink you have saved about $50-$60, which if you can expand your budget a tad will give you enough to spring for the 2600K i7 processor which is a much better unit. Why? Well the i5 supports the "Turbocharged" functionality, but not Hyperthreading, meanwhile the i7 supports both, so you get the "Turbocharged" as well as the HT effectively giving you 2 threads per core instead of one.
On the other hand, if you plan on overclocking to 4.0 or higher on your CPU, I suggest going with a little bit better of a heatsink. Some people say that smaller ones will keep you cool and that by the time you see any real deterioration in lifespan of your CPU you will have upgraded already. I like to be safe with my CPU's though, so I always go for big ones. If you agree, I can suggest the Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Yes, it's pricey. Yes, some people don't like going for this big of a heatsink, but options and opinions you now have.
As far as your PSU Corsair is a great brand, I myself use them in every build. I however, go with the enthusiast series, which if you wanted would suit you well also. You could upgrade to the 850W Enthusiast series for about $10 more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...