I'm looking to build a PC for development and gaming. This is my first build, so there are some areas I don't feel comfortable in. After reading some intros, tutorials, and guides, I feel like I have an okay grasp, but I would like the advice of others. I saw this:
A somewhat common worst-case scenario for first-time builders is to spend hundreds of dollars in parts, only to find that some won’t fit together. Less common is when parts that fit together don't work together. But the most frequent problem new builders face is an inappropriate component selection that limits the performance of their high-priced build, making it feel like a less-expensive machine. We'll try to help you avoid that awkward moment, when you realize this board won't fit into that enclosure.
and these are the exact problems I'm trying to avoid. I would really appreciate it if you guys could let me know if my parts do/don't fit together, work together, and don't limit each other. Also, if there are any suggestions about switch parts to save money without jeopardizing performance, those will be listened to as well.
Approximate Purchase Date:
Within two weeks
$1200-$1400 after rebates (If I'm spending way too much, please let me know. I know you can't really future proof and parts become outdated fast, but I do want something that will last)
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, Development, Movies, Web browsing
Parts Not Required:
Operating System - I already have Windows 7 Professional x64
I don't know if I need additional fans/heatsinks, and if so, which to get. As I said, I'm a beginner and this is my first build, so sorry if I did something stupid. I just want to avoid the problems above.
If you aren't overclocking then you shouldn't get a CPU intended for overclocking. That motherboard is more than twice what you should be paying if you won't overclock. That motherboard is for getting the absolute highest performance out of your CPU and is priced accordingly.
If you won't be overclocking then a decent H67 chipset motherboard is your best option.
The non-overclocking version of the i7-2600K would be the i7-2600, it's about $10-20 cheaper.
You could get a good H67 motherboard for under $100.
Your high budget is really what you would expect for a very highly overclocked machine with obscene graphics and dozens of gigabytes of SSD storage. If you won't be overclocking then you can cut your budget down several hundred dollars.
Buying that motherboard won't make your computer faster if you don't use it's incredible overclocking potential and the same goes for the CPU.
For SLI you would be better off getting a higher wattage PSU, something around 700-800 watts. Also, there is no point in getting SLIed video cards if you don't get a higher resolution monitor because you can't see a difference between the huge frame rates you can easily get on even cheaper video cards at only 1600x900.