**If this is in the wrong place I apologize in advance**
This is my first time building a desktop PC. I've done plenty of research on this site and others. I've found the components that I want on Newegg. My biggest concern with my build (that I've posted below) is potential bottlenecking with the motherboard. I also chose a rather cheap PSU that I'd like opinions on. I don't really know what wattage I need or how to find that out. Also, I wanted to get an SSD but they were all very expensive and I saw no good reason to spend the extra hundred or so dollars (other than slighly faster program load times). My memory should be more than sufficient and I can always expand it later, but is there a performance difference between getting 2 x 4gb versus 1 x 8gb? I didn't know what to look for in a case either, so I looked at price and what came with it. I'm also worried about buying an OEM operating system: the constraints of changing my HDD or motherboard later and the lack of customer support. Otherwise, I want this computer to be able to handle big games and preferably on high settings. To a lesser extent, I also want it to be capable of working with 3D animation and programming engines (Blender, Unity, etc.). I'm pretty sure that everything is compatible, but if I'm wrong please tell me. I am on a budget. The build I have now costs $774 for everything (without including tax or shipping). I'd prefer not to pay much more than that.
So basically what I want to know is:
1. Will my motherboard bottleneck my CPU or GPU?
2. What wattage do I need for my PSU and which brands are reliable?
3. Is the performance boost of an SSD worth the extra money or should I wait for prices to drop and expand my system later?
4. Is there a performance/price difference between a 2 x 4gb and a 1 x 8gb memory configuration?
5. What should I look for in a case (price and functionality) and is my case a good buy?
6. What are the pros and cons of an OEM OS?
7. Will my GPU and CPU handle big games like Assassin's Creed III, Crysis 3, Skyrim, etc.?
8. And obviously, have I made any huge compatibility errors or have I forgotten anything?
Any advice, comments, or suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you!
COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-600 600W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1. An i5 or i7 and their sockets shouldn't have any bottlenecks unless its from the Nehalem generation
2. about ~650w and get one from Corsair, and if you ever want to upgrade & SLI two 650s, id get a 800W from Corsair
3. yes, I recently got a $110 120 GB Mushkin SSD, and it is certainly like night & day, though id invest some time into splitting your games between the SSD & HDD, as the SSD is still quite small, if you do invest in getting one.
4. Dual Channel is always reccomended for gaming
5. any case, is fine, just keep an eye out for build quality, as its usually helps
6. not many, as its locked to the one computer, id invest into getting a retail version instead
7. Intel is in the lead in performance right now, so any major ~$200 GPU will run major games just fine
8. other then an aftermarket heatsink, which is optional, but reccomended, everything is fine.
So I've decided, after a little research, to pay the extra money for an intel i5 3570k because I've heard that it can be safely overclocked to 4+ ghz. My motherboard says that its supports "Turbo Boost Technology 2.0". Will that overclock my CPU the way I want? My thoughts are that this CPU shouldn't fall behind technologically if I can overclock it. Does that seem plausible?