Originally Posted by So1dier
-Is my monitor good for gaming? It doesn't tell the refresh rate.
-Is 4 GB RAM enough? Is duel channel kit good? If I add 1 more 2 GB stick will it still run efficiently considering it's not a tri channel motherboard? (I will be running a game, pandora(music in web browser or app), and frapsing(video recording)).
-Is the 750 watt supply enough to run the system.
-Should I try to get by with cheaper thermal glue, I just bought more expensive one just to be safe cause it says it keeps the processor 3-12 degrees celcius lower then others, and I want it to stay low cause I'm using the Heatsink it comes with.
-Will all my hardware fit in the mid tower case I chose?
-Does the case come with the fans or do I have to buy them? I can never tell.
-Will audio still sound amazing using the audio that comes on the motherboard? I'm spending $229 on a headset, so I want the audio to sound great. Will I need to buy a good sound card?
1. Your monitor should be good for gaming, the only reports of ghosting are from folks who have reported it say it's easy to adjust and remove it (feature)
2. 4 gigs will work, however 8 gigs is even better
. Also, you will be able to run dual channel ram and a single stick, you could run 4 single sticks if you wanted, they do not need to be channeled.
3. Your PSU should suffice
4. That is the thermal compound I use (but I get it very cheep from a friend), not sure how cost comparable it is, but its better than the pad the processor comes with for sure lol.
5. Everything will fit in your case, however you graphics card will probably block a hard drive bay or two (very common with the larger cards in mid towers, only a handful will work.)
6. If you go with that case, you will need to pick up one additional fan
7. Don't get a sound card, onboard audio will be better.
Special Note: Some decent MID SIZE cases that newer cards will fit in with minimal interfearence are
- Antec 900 (May block A hard drive)
- Antec 902
- CM 690
- Phoenix Neo (My Case and personal choice, no fancy window though)
Thoughts on the components...
1. You can probably get away without the wristband, just be careful and don't build on carpet lol.
2. That is a cool mouse, almost got one myself
3. I never use mousepads, but it is personal choice.
4. I am a Saitek type of keyboard man myself, but if I had to pick another, it would probably be a razer, you are safe with it.
5. If you really have the budget for it, that monitor is awesome, but you would not be too much worse off with a slightly cheaper monitor
6. 1tb is allot of space and that is a decent hard drive, however in addition to that I recommend you also get a smaller one to just install the OS on, so if one drive fails you don't loose everything (again, just what I do) perhaps even an SSD for fast booting
(Upwards of 12 seconds faster depending on os)
7. Love the processor choice
8. Windows 7 is amazing
9. The motherboard will work fine, however if you plan to do much more in terms of upgrading, you may want to look into a better one.