So I'm looking to build a gaming/multimedia PC to replace my OLD Dell Dimension 4300 from 2001. No SLI or Crossfire or anything like that for me.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-760
Processor: Gigabyte UD3
GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 460
(Fermi) Sonic 2GB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB
240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (Model F3-12800CL7D)
PSU: CORSAIR 850TX
850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 80+ Certified
Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa
(132 x 100 x 152mm)
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Full Tower ([W]240 x [H]560 x [D]560 mm)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black
7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
Cable: Nippon Labs 39.4" SATA III Flat Cable with Latch
DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe
Just looking for some feedback from some experienced builders as this will be my first DIY. Firstly I just want to make sure everything is compatible and are quality parts. I'm probably going to do some moderate OC to my i5-760 as well.
I'm not sure if I should get 8 gigs or stick with 4? With the combo I got, it basically costs me about ~$60 more for 8.
And I don't know if I should get a regular GTX 460 or the 2GB version? It seems like it can't hurt for an extra ~$20-30?
Also, with the Zalman, I've heard of issues fitting both into the case and into the Mobo. From the dimensions it looks like it will fit in my large case, but will it end up blocking any RAM slots? I'm not even sure how tall this memory is.
I also have no idea whether I need a latch or left/right angle SATA cable?
And finally, I'm not sure if I should get a better (UD3R, UD4, UD4P) Mobo? I won't ever do SLI but I don't know what else I would use those extra slots PCIE slots for? Keep in mind, I will be using SATA III and USB 3.0 which I think will use up something, I couldn't understand it exactly.