My computer died a couple of days ago and I need a new one fairly soon. As stated, this will be my first build.
This is not going to be a gaming system. I do not need a high end graphics card. I will also be running Linux, and it will be very unlikely that I will ever install Windows. Since Intel's support for open source drivers has a good reputation, I am under the impression that the Intel 4000 hd graphics should suit my needs very well. I haven't settled on a monitor yet, but I'll probably go with 1920x1080, and the most graphics intensive things I would do would be full screen video or fancy desktop effects. I'll probably go with a monitor that is around 23 inches.
There will be some serious number crunching, some of it in parallel. There will also be a lot of compiling. It's why I picked a Core i7 over a Core i5.
I tend to leave my computers running 24/7 unless I am going out of town. This, plus having had PSUs fail on me in the past leads me to believe that I want a high quality PSU that is bigger than I really need to simply run the computer. Something reliable and efficient is worth it to me.
The mobo: This is where I am most out of my element. It doesn't need to have anything special, but if I want to add another HD and/or another optical drive later, I want that option. Also, it is subject to the same things as the PSU. I want something reliable that can also handle a fair amount of memory. Also, I want the audio chipset to play nice with Linux, so that is going to likely mean Realtec. If it has features that would lend themselves to gaming, fine, but I really don't want to pay extra for them.
I am not currently planning on OCing, but you know how that kind of thing goes. I may change my mind later. I figure if I do, I'll go for the aftermarket CPU fan then, unless there is a good reason to do otherwise. I don't mind taking things apart, especially when I can put them on a table right in front of me. Having something on the table beats laying on your back all day because you refuse to take your jeep to a mechanic
I was planning on going with a 120GB SSD for the boot drive and a 500GB HDD for a secondary data storage drive. I was also going to throw the drive from my old computer in there. I'm also planning on putting an optical drive in there, just a plain DVD burner. I'm going to stay away from blu ray until the support for it gets better on Linux.
And the drives leads to a total newb question: Do SSDs and HDDs typically come with the SATA cables, or is that something that I need to purchase separately? If so, how long would you recommend the cables be? Any other cables I should look at purchasing separately? I would rather know what cables *don't* come with the components before I have the boxes with the components in front of me.
Then, the typical questions: Are these all compatible, and are there any no-goes due to quality and/or use concerns?
Really, with OCing though, if purchasing a non K CPU locks me out, I'm not going to whine too much. The Core i7 will already be a HUGE step up from what I was running before. It'll be like a breath of fresh air. Upgrading in the future will be much easier if I build the thing myself.