This will be my first time building a computer, just looking for a little confirmation and criticism. The main task will be video and sound editing (big time in the future with a new camera, new sound card, a few upgrades, and dual screen monitors), but for now I am buying with intentions of gaming (Fallout 3/CoD 4 Online).....I guess mastering Photoshop CS4 as well.
I read tons of guides on the web including the one on this site and I figure I'm pretty much ready to build. I have this old computer that I am gonna disassemble and put back together before I build this my new one, hopefully that will give me some familiarity with the insides.
The plan is to follow various instruction guides on the web and put all the parts together step by step.
Here are my orders.
The main thing I noticed on this motherboard is that in the Motherboard is clearly shown with Firewire, but for some reason it doesn't say that in the name. Does what is said in the name really matter?
I decided to go with the AMD X4 because it isn't too much more expensive than the AMD X2's, which was my first choice.
This CPU has a fan included, but how can I tell if it has a heatsink?
I am assuming this card is fairly good with 512 MB of RAM and a 256-Bit Interface.
The Video Card is SLI Ready, but before I try to add two monitors I will probably need to upgrade the PSU to a SLI certified PSU.
I think this is a strikingly good deal for the money, and as far as I can tell the Motherboard supports it.
It was this site that convinced me to go for the 32-Bit HHD instead of the 16-Bit HDD.
This component of the computer I know least about. I would pretty much just like to read and burn CD's, MP Three Disks, and DVD's with Nero. Will this suffice?
One problem I have with this case is it says it has front USB and Firewire Ports but doesn't show a visible picture of them on the page. It also doesn't show a legit Power switch, so I'm not sure about this case. Reviews are good, though.
Are the two 120mm Fans listed there considered 'case fans'?
Any other cooling methods I should take?
This is pretty much it, along with a few big anti-static bags and the ESD strap for ESD prevention.
All together with shipping charges it will be about 785$. Please do let me know if I am overlooking something or if there might be problems with hardware working together.