System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, schoolwork, music
Are you buying a monitor: Already have one
Parts to Upgrade: N/A
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Pittsburg, Texas U.S.
Parts Preferences: Leaning towards Intel/Nvidia, but I'll go with whatever works best
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Last I remember, the highest I've seen it go was around 1900x1200
Additional Comments: Planning on modding (increasing graphics capability of games, increasing amount of content within games, etc) so I'll need it to keep cool, but also powerful with in-game physics, and most importantly (in my opinion) lighting effects.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This will be my first build. I've done plenty of research, so I'm not gonna fry the parts, but my goal is a high performance gaming computer.
I need to know if the power supply will fit into the case, or if there are any other problems I can expect when building. Help is appreciated, and I look forward to building and enjoying my new gaming computer!
The RAM is 1.65v, which is detrimental to that Intel CPU. Also, there's no point going for speeds above 1600Mhz, the performance difference is minimal and not worth the price increase.
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That PSU is a bit overkill unless your considering Crossfire/SLI later on (which both mobo's can do). If Crossfire/SLI isnt an issue, than you can drop down to a 650W unit.
Corsair Enthusiast 650W, 80+ Bronze non modular. $90 ($10 rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You currently don't have any aftermarket cooling on the rig, meaning you wont be able to overclock that CPU very far. The go-to budget cooler is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, good to bring that 3570k to ~4.5Ghz.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $30 ($5 rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Some Thermal Paste (rebranded MX-5 I think) should come with the 212 EVO.
Every 6 months or so is when you should change the paste, as well as general PC maintenance. I find you can get two applications off the one tube.
There isnt much difference between the various pastes, think there was a 3C difference between the best and worst.