I am, as the title states, hoping to build my own PC, but I'm new to this so I'm not sure if I am looking at all of the correct parts.
I know most of the basics of PCs and what is needed for a PC (CPU (or APU), Motherboard, RAM, HDD/SSD, PSU, Graphics card, cooling, etc.) I have picked out parts, and I believe they are compatible, but not sure if they would do what I want and be the best I can get for my price range ($500-$550 sans monitor, keyboard, and mouse.)
Basically what I want the PC to do is be able to compile the occasional C, C++ program, be good for programming in HTML/Python (should be fine), do some graphics every now and again (using GIMP/Inkscape/Blender), play Minecraft, Wolfenstein:ET and maybe even CS:GO with OKish FPS. As well as being a general all around good PC.
I have read several building guides (especially by LifeHacker, love those guys) and they seem to have what I have for the most part, but I'm not sure if what I have is correct.
There are a couple items (CPU cooler and a graphics card along with a few other minor items like internet adapters) that I, being new to this, don't know if I would need them.
Here's the list:
- CPU: AMD A8-6600K AD660KWOHLBOX
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H -
- Bundled w. CPU for about $20 less on NewEgg - Should I look at anything else?
- CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0605 -
- Not sure if I need one at all, just put it on the list to be safe.
- RAM: Kingston KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX 12GB - Could go with 8GB or 10GB, unless it would interfere with what I want to do
- HDD (for storage): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Seagate ST1000DM003)
- SSD (for faster access with programs): A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (A-Data ASP600S3-64GM-C)
- Case: Apex TX-606-U3 MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/300W Power Supply - Comes with PSU, so that should cut PSU out I think, correct?
- Op Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
- PSU: 300W comes with case
- Graphics Card: None - Do I need one? The CPU is really an APU (CPU/GPU mix) so I didn't think I'd need one. I have read that you need one for gaming, so would I? And would I be better off with just a CPU (not an APU) and a graphics card for the same/similar price?
Basically, my questions are:
1. Does this build look compatible and is it the best I should look for for my price range.
2. Does this build look like it should be good from programming (compiling C/C++, running python scripts)
3. Does this build look like it can run virtualization OK (Vbox w. Windows)
4. Does this build look like it can run Minecraft and some games with OK FPS (20+ at least)
Sorry for the very long post. I want to get this right the first time around, as I don't have money to burn.