I'm planning on trying to build my own computer for the first time. I've been doing some research, finding out which parts I need to get, learning how to install the processor, how to connect things, etc. I've been spending a lot of time on newegg checking out parts and putting together a list of what I want. But there is still something that i'm not sure about.
I feel like as i'm going through each part.. the video card, the mobo, the PSU, etc... that each thing has special, individual requirements. Certain kinds of power pins. Certain kinds of slots. Certain amounts of slots. Certain amounts of space. Certain types of connectors. If I find a motherboard that supports the processor I want and has the correct slot for the video card I want, I have to also find a PSU that has the correct type of power connector for the mobo's power plug. Then I have to make sure that PSU has enough power for the video card and proper connections for the video card and other peripherals. I have to make sure the mobo has support for the drives I want, etc.. I can't keep track of every thing and my biggest fear is spending all this money on my new machine to find out that certain parts aren't compatible with each other.
So I was wondering if some of you experts here could give me some advice.
What are the MAIN things I need to keep in mind? Is there some sort of overall checklist of specifications and requirements that allow me to make sure all of my parts will support each other?
My plan to primarily use my computer for gaming, but would also like lots of storage and media options. Big HD, CD and DVD burners, and at least 2GB of RAM.
Here are some of the parts I am looking at putting in my machine:
GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card
12V v2.2 530W Power Supply
Core 2 Duo Processor
LGA 775 Motherboard
320GB Hard Drive (check the price, oh yeah!)
How are things looking so far? Keep in mind i'm not asking for your opinions on the specs (yet!) I just want to know that everything is compatible. I can verify pins and slots and wattage until i'm blue in the face.. but there are a lot of ther specs and requirements on those parts and I don't know what's important and what's not.