So I'm new to this forum and have never built a computer before, so go easy on my potential inadequacies. I have spent that last month or so researching articles, benchmarks, and forums to put together a decent gaming rig for the first time. My budget is anything between 1100-1400 but before I buy everything I just want to get more experienced approval or critique from all the geniuses I see posting here. So this is what I have in store:
This computer will specifically be for gaming. I am really looking for something that I can use max/ultra settings on but without spending immensely too much. I have a laptop for all my other needs so keep that in mind. Please let me know any concerns I should have or anything that could be relevant. Thanks in advanced.
It's not necessary. But even if you don't plan to overclock right away it's easier to install an aftermarket cooler during the initial build.
Saves you from having to take the system apart when you eventually do want to overclock, mabye 12-18 months down the road when you're upgrading the graphic card(s) and want a bit extra CPU power.
It also keeps the CPU cooler than the stock HSF even without overclocking.
Yeah I would like that convenience. So if I am installing a cooler, does this just replace the fan/heatsink that comes stock with the CPU or is it additional? And what are some quality brands and reasonable prices for coolers?
While WR2 is right that 10.5" cards fit in the Challenger case, it could be tight, and if you get one longer it may not fit at all. Here are a few cases to check out that will provide a little more wiggle room in terms of cooler clearance and GPU length, in case you want to consider more options.