im new to the site and actually new to the world of PC building. I have just in the recent months started to research heavily into what components are needed to build a PC, i was hoping that you any of you guys would be willing to help being that you guys seem a veteran at this sort of stuff. I am looking to build a pretty decent high end gaming machine, and also plan to play a lot of HD content (using it as a home theater pc)
I my eye on a few components already: This is what i currently would like to purchase, would like your opinion on what i have chosen-
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS STRIKER XTREME really would like your opinion of this motherboard
VIDEO CARD: EVGA 8800GTS 640MB (there is a 320MB version for $30 less and a superclocked version for $30 more, should i consider either one??)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz (would this processor be enough for high end gaming and hd movies?)
RAM - i have a 2GB kit of pc2-5400 from my current computer
HD - I have a 500GB WD SATA drive from my current computer
DVD Drive - SATA Device from my current computer
Soundcard - dont plan to use one - i use SPDIF to my home theater system.
Now there are my main concerns:
Picking out a case
I have no idea on how to pick a case, in terms of size and scalibilty. I am not concerned with flashing lights or nice design. I want a case that is easy to deal with, has enough room for expansion (6 sata devices, SLI upgradable because these graphic cards are huge and i am worried about spacing requirements to fit 2 of them, and also cooling).So what should i look for in a case?? and can u reccomend a good case to suit my needs?
Power supply is another thing that i have no knowledge off. Being that i plan to run SLI in the future, im sure i will need a decent amout of watts but how do i know what PSU would do the job? Also i would like to add SATA devices in the future as well. My mobo supports up to 6 sata devices and i would def like to be to power all 6. So this leads me to the issue of CONNECTORS, how do i know which PSU will have the proper connectors for my pc needs. Please if u can shed some light on how to decide on a PSU and even reccomend one. that would be great.
I have no idea about how to properly cool a system. I know you can add case fans but i am not sure how they are added on a case and how woudl they be powered? im also aware that the CPU needs a cooler as well, how do i know which cooler i should geT? How to these fans sit inside my computer? how many fans would i need?
so u see i am truly a novice when it comes to pc building but i def want to give it a try once i know all the proper info, please if anyone could help me out i would appreciate it very much. thank you very much.
If you dont like what i have chosen my build, then can you suggest your own list? Forget the components that i already have from my current PC (DVD Drive, Hard drive and RAM). But focus on the real stuff: Motherboard, CPU, Video Card, Case, PSU and Fans - my budget for these 6 components is around $1000 - $1200. So if you guys had that budget to build a pc - please let me know what you would do. THanks a lot
Edited by nyboy42, 08 August 2007 - 12:45 PM.