I'm excited and frightened to attempt my first hands-on build. About 6 mos. ago, after almost a year of research I sourced out the components for a good, but basic media centre pc. I went to my local ncix intending to buy the parts and build it, but instead paid 50$ for them to build and warranty it. Since then I realized I want to play pc games on my media pc and have bought and installed a new video card(XFX 7870 DD) and an internal hd(1T WD black) as well as updated the bios for my motherboard. I know to many this won't sound like much but I was pretty fired up about it all and am now looking to build a full on gaming rig. Here's the info;
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 3 months or so. Willing to be patient for deals.
Budget Range: $1200- &1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Newegg
Location: Toronto - Canada
Parts Preference: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: Eventually
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Looking for a gaming rig that I can eventually crossfire. Need some advice regarding common mistakes to watch for.
Why Are You Upgrading artly so my gf can do homework on one while I use the other. Partly to build a computer.
PSU: I want quality here. Since I'm eventually going to be CFing two 7870's what would be a good wattage ceiling?
Optical Drive: Whatever.
Case: No idea. Atx with good airflow and 2 front usb 3.0 headers preferably.
Monitor: Also have no idea here. I like Samsung and Asus and would be looking to eventually buy another in order to CF.
So, I'm looking to find an SSD, a case, and a monitor for this set up but more importantly I want to know the little things. Like do I need thermal paste for when I attach the cooler? Do I buy that separately? When I first boot it will it automatically let me insert the windows cd? How often do CPU and Mobo joining go wrong? Should I be worried? Anyway, thanks everyone!
-buying a extreme4 in canada is a mistake. EXTREMELY overpriced
-just keep the mushkin ram that you already have
-overclocking ram is useless
-id get a blue drive. not much of a performance gain
-overclocking to 4.2ghz wont be much of a performance gain but ok
-the thermal paste proivded with the hyper 212 is good enough. id stick with it
Thanks for the response, just going over everything you linked now. Ive never read that opinion on the Asrock board. I was originally looking for a gigabyte board, I currentlt have a H77 DS3H and its fine for what it does but my understanding was the Asrock was the way to go for gaming boards, plus its only 20$ more expensive. Let me read up a bit more on that gigabyte board though.
The fractal case seems pretty slick.
Mostly though, do I have a reason to be so worried about trying this? I am an electrician, so I am good with my hands and can follow directions well. Am I blowing it all out of proportion?