I'm building my first computer, I'm a noob and I'd greatly appreciated any advice as to what components to include. Here are the details:
Approximate Purchase Date: this month (December)
Budget Range: 1000C$ - 1500C$ before tax, although there is no strict limit
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music production, video production, some gaming, web browsing, school work, programming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No, I have Windows 7 64 bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC Zone preferably, but any website that ships to Canada is okay.
Location: Laval (near Montreal), Quebec, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: Needs to be quiet. I don't need a sound card because I have an external one. Hard drive size is not so important because I have two external hard drives.
Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is getting old, starting to freeze more often, is fairly taxed by audio and video editing. Also, would like to have a PC good enough to play current games (although gaming is not the focus).
I would size up to a 750w psu to give yourself some headroom if you ever decide to add another card in SLI and maybe take a look at the Asus Z77 - V to save some money on the motherboard without taking a hit on performance.
I had 16 GB listed in my original build idea, but krazyjamus you list only 8 GB. Would 8 GB be sufficient for what I have in mind?
Oh, btw, for what I'm planning on doing with my computer, is over clocking even useful, or can I skip it all together?
Yeah that's my mistake. You want 16GB for video editing and such. The new one I put has 16GB and even room to upgrade to 16GB more later if you so feel inclined.
As for OC'ing it can make a pretty noticeable difference in completion times for takes especially with heavily threaded stuff like video editing software does. You don't actually need it, but with a cooler like that Noctua one you can get around another 1ghz out of your cpu.
That's good. All very high quality reliable parts. Some a bit more expensive than maybe necessary but stability on your machine is more important than on a strict gaming PC. Since it's for A/V production you wouldn't want it to go down on you so this is good, I like it.