Hello, I am about to order the components for my first build and principally wanted to know if I'm making any sort of computer building error that I, as a newbie, can't see in terms of my component choices.
I am putting a premium on silence and have decided on the Ivy Bridge-E 4930K (as opposed to the Haswell 4770K) because the six cores appear to be better future proofed for gaming. More specifically, I like playing the Total War series, multiple clients of Eve Online, MMOs in general, and also alt-tabbing out to surf the net, and it seems multiple cores are better suited for this. I chose the GTX 780 because I wanted a higher end GPU, and the 780 Ti and Titan are a bit too expensive and don't give quite enough bang for buck for my 2-2.5K budget.
I chose the P9X79 Motherboard because I doubt I will ever SLI (too much noise), add any hard drives, or want to hook up a lot of things to my computer. The 660w power supply isn't any higher for the same reason.
As can be seen, I chose a quiet case, strong CPU fans, a silent PSU, etc., because I want to minimize noise any way I can. I do not intend to overclock the CPU (and the GPU is already a bit overclocked by EVGA). To this end, I think given the lack of overclocking, lack of SLI, single hard drive, etc., adding more fans to the case (other then the three included + whatever each component has) would add more noise then take away from it by keeping things cooler.
Finally, two things worry me. First, the P9X79 Motherboard appears to have had trouble with the Ivy Bridge-E chips - something about a BIOS update. Do I need some special device or another computer to update BIOS on a mobo? If the 4930K is initially incompatible, how can this be done? Second, the specific Corsair RAM will likely require me to go into XMP Mode to turn up the clock to 1600mhz and set the voltage to 1.35v. From what I've read, this should be easy, but I'm not missing any unforeseen difficulty here am I?
EDIT: Changed the Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler to Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler to support the processor/motherboard's LGA 2011 chip set without a mounting-kit. Spotted this before ordering!
EDIT: I in fact ordered the Asus P9X79 LE Motherboard, not the Asus P9X79 Motherboard. Luckily, because my system is minimalistic in terms of hard drives, doing SLI, or need for many USB ports, this is not a problem.
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