Hello, I have mostly completed the list of parts for my first PC build. I am an avid PC user, I know my way around a computer and am comfortable with building my own computer. However, since the internet seems to be filled with people who know a lot more about components than me, I decided it might be wise to ask for a second opinion online before purchasing these parts.
I plan on buying my components from Amazon, I have purchased parts from there before and have been quite happy with the service. I have compared prices to those on Newegg, the difference was within $10 when I checked, and unless there are substantial savings over at a different retailer, I will stick with amazon.
I would like to know if these parts are all compatible, and if possibly a better component exists for around the same amount. I had some trouble finding a good mobo, it seemed like every 10 minutes I would find a review of one that was better and cheaper than the one I had selected, and I eventually ended up with a gigabyte one. If there is a better mobo for the same price +/- $10 please let me know, let me know for other components also.
I plan on doing mostly gaming, but some general computing/internet work as well. I plan to do a moderate OC to the low 4.0GHz range. I do strategy and simulator games (as well as some FPS on the side), which are more CPU intensive than typical games.
I'm going for quality components for the most future-upgradability support and reliability I can get.
Corsair Hydro H60 High Performance LCS[$65.24@amazon] (2013 Edition with smooth tubing and updated fans)(I really like liquid cooling, even though I can't afford a true LC setup I still love the way this looks in the side panel with the cpu block and the piping, you can try all you want but I'm not budging with this.
You might have noticed there is no GPU, I'll move over my current EVGA FTW GTX 560 and then purchase a GTX 700 series card once they are available.
I also wanted to know, is it worth it to remove the pre-applied thermal paste on the H60 and put some Arctic Silver MX-4 on?
Thanks for the help in advance, I'm sure there must be at least 1 component I can save money on or get better performance by switching.
EDIT: Although I live in the South-Eastern US where there are no MicroCenters, I have a relative in the Chicago area who might pick some parts up for me and ship them over (with plenty of bubble-wrap of course). I'll handle price-finding for these components on my own, I would just like to know if the components themselves are a good choice or if a different part could work better.
I have another question, Newegg TV instructs people to assemble their motherboard and video card outside the case first to make sure it will POST, and I plan on doing this, but I want to install my liquid cooler inside the case and not have it dangling from my mobo when I go to install the mobo into the case. Is it safe to have the CPU run for 30 seconds or so while it POSTs without a cooler on it?