So after not being able to run Sonic Generations on my laptop, I decided it was time to upgrade and build my own desktop. I wanted a gaming PC that could handle Skyrim on mid-high settings, as well as type up and save some documents. I've never built a computer before, but am eager to learn how.
Purchase date: within two weeks Budget: $700-850 (not including monitor and OS, those will be a gift) Parts Not required: Mouse, keyboard, OS, speakers/headphones Preferred website: Newegg, but I'm going to microcenter and will price check other reputable sites as well. Country: wherever Newegg gets stuff from. Preferences: Just the stuff below. Overclocking: Yes SLI/Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
I plan to also get a 500GB 7200RPM (and at least a 16MB cache) HDD.
I only want a disc drive that can read CD's and DVD's, and probably write them too. What kind would that be? Do DVD drives handle CD's as well?
I plan to overclock my CPU to around 4.0MHz, maybe 4.2MHz, so I think I want to get an aftermarket heatsink fan and some thermal paste. Am I correct in assuming the stock one will not be enough if I use my computer often? Also, can anyone explain thermal paste and correct application?
How much RAM do I need, and what kind should I get? I think 4GB DDR3 1600 should be good for now, but I will probably upgrade in the future to 8GB. Does that mean I should get one stick of 4GB and another later? Or should I make use of dual channels now? If 4GB is not enough, I'll get two sticks of four GBs, but I don't want to spend too much.
I want to get a nice PSU, definitely 80+ approved, but for a moderately cheap price. I also have no idea how much wattage I need, for various wattage calculators have given me drastically different answers. Any recommendations?
Also, how big of a case do I need?
Finally, I'm fairly sure everything is compatible, but if anyone sees any conflicts, please let me know. If anyone has any other thoughts, questions, or suggestions, please reply. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate any time you may have taken to read this.
that tells you all you need to know about how to mount heat sinks, how to orient fans, and how to apply paste.
RAM = 2x 4GBs (8 total) is what I would aim for if you intend to use Windows 7 64 bit. If you have only a 32 bit OS then stick with 4 GB total because that is all you can use. The difference between 4 and 8 GBs really depends on how many things you like to keep open at once, but many times I have seen people's systems perform quite a lot worse when they approached their total RAM which is much easier to do with 4GB than 8 GB.
The cost of RAM is not very high and the potential difference between 4 and 8 (with 64 bit OS) is high enough that only the strictest budgets should really consider going with 2 x 2GBs on a 64 bit OS.
If you insist on going with 4 GBs, make it 1x 4GBs and start saving up for the matching stick after you buy the computer.
If you want to OC the heck out of the processor and graphics cards then get an XFX 650w like me. It is rock solid and will have no problems with it.
Case = It really depends. I would suggest most everyone get a mid tower case of some kind. The Antec 300 or 300 Illusion cases are good low end cases as is the HAF 912.
The main thing for me is the RAM. Crucial has among the lowest failure rates in the industry and I would suggest you get some from that brand instead of other potentially cheaper brands.