Firstly, Merry Christmas!
I will be undertaking my first PC build just after New Year - I'm at the phase where I've more or less decided exactly what components I want, but I really just need reassurance that they will all work when put together as a system. I have read through the threads here and am quite confident that the actual building will be fine (the sticky with pictured explanations of the step-by-step build process was brilliant). As I have literally worked my butt off this last half of the year to afford this computer (I'm a humble waiter/uni student) I don't really want to risk buying a component then realizing it isn't compatible with the other stuff I've bought.
Here's the list so far:
CPU Heatsink & Fan: http://www.overclock...rodid=HS-035-AR
DVD Drive: http://www.overclock...rodid=CD-099-SA
Now you may note that I have not included a graphics card in my list - this is because I want to wait until January 9th when the new ATI 79xx series comes out, I'm going to buy the 7950. A little more information can be found on this card here: http://en.wikipedia...._7xxx.29_series . It says the bus interface is PCIe-3 and I believe the motherboard I have chosen has 2 of these. My friend will lend me his old graphics card (ATI 4850 iirc) until then.
Also, I already have the case, as it was bought for me for my birthday a few months ago. I can afford to spend a little bit more ($250 US dollars max) so if there is anything that could be upgraded for a massive performance increase please let me know. I was also wondering whether I would need to buy any extra cables - a guy in my local computer shop said I might need a 4 pin to 6 pin molex adapter, not going to lie, im not entirely sure what one of these is. If you think I may need any of these please let me know!
I appreciate any feedback, really looking forward to building this!
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year all,