Before i start with my planned specs for my new pc, here's some background info as to how i got so far in pc building:
It would be my second time to try to build a PC from scratch, though i already have some intermediate level/degree of knowledge in building one through research as well as hands-on experience but only as far as assembling the motherboard, cpu, graphics card, ram all together and got it into the case with the standoffs by myself (half-way there!). I ran into some compatibility issue with the bios and cpu and now after things got settled, i need guidance in checking that every component is compatible with the system i'm planning to build just to make sure. As such, i have no actual hands-on experience with the succeeding steps. I was aiming for the mobo to at least successfully post but due to the said issue, i could not proceed further. I decided to use what components that i have bought from my first attempt so i don't need to completely start from scratch which i already have (indicated below in the planned specs).
My first attempt was to build a high-end PC but i decided that, i wouldn't be into much into overclocking at all so i would downgrade to an intermediate level PC (that can run games - don't need it to be with high end graphics settings and able to do some rendering).
I usually start with Case, PSU and motherboard in choosing components, as they usually influence/constrain a lot of other choices in building PCs but in this case, picking the motherboard is a priority for me since i have some components on hand.
Also limited to the available components in my region but as always, i'm open to any suggestions you might have.
Planned Specs: MSI B85M Gaming
Motherboard Choices: Stuck between MSI B85M-P33, B85M Gaming, H87M-G43 (Any other mobo suggestions model/brand is ok) All 3 mobos are BIOS-compatible with the i7 4570 CPU as the MSI site suggests (without having to update the BIOS), but only B85M Gaming is also compatible with the i7 4590 BIOS-wise on default release.
Any advice in what chipset i should go for? What's the advantage of these new chipsets over the other?
- (Preferred brand: MSI, My desktop computer has been running for 5 years straight with no problems, no BSODs whatsoever, not even a reformat - but its getting slightly sluggish, of course over time. I had bad experience with my ASUS motherboard before as my first custom-built desktop PC, so i am a bit afraid to try).
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (On hand, its very heavy) but I'm planning to sell it/trade it with NZXT H440 (Mid-Tower case) mainly for more mobility and weight reduction or I can opt to use it instead for awhile. Most of the cases offered in my area are Aerocool Strike-X One, XPredator, RS-9, etc.
- Looking for: Removable motherboard tray, dust filters, (Preferably) Tool-less screws, enough mounting holes for the mobo, fits mobo and PSU, preferably doesn't weigh more than 6kg (without other components) and the PSU is mounted at the bottom of the case. Enough ventilation fans. Some LEDs at the back of the case would prove handy in the dark. Won't go for liquid cooling.
PSU: Thermaltake 875W (On hand).
- My PSU is too overkill i know - it was intended for my first attempt, but i didn't go cheap on it as others advised because of the needed high-standard quality. Single 12V rail, 80+ Bronze, 24 Pin power connector (Most modern mobos use it), 1x EPS 12V Connector (8 Pin), 1x EPS/ATX 12V Connector (4+4 Pin), 6x Peripheral Connector (4 pin), 1x FDD Connector (4 pin) 6x SATA connector (5 pin), 1x PCI-E Connector (6+2 pin), 1x PCI-E Connector (6 pin). Has Japanese capacitors, Active PFC, SLI-Certified, continuous wattage rating and its Modular too. Maybe it'll last a good 5 years or more (as i get more demanding components in the future). It already has the necessary cables that I would possibly need and allows for upgrade in the future (i.e. More powerful Graphics card). My current PSU's been running 8 years without failure.
CPU/Processor: Intel i5-4570 (has more BIOS-compatible for MSI motherboards mentioned above) or i5-4590
- Looking for: An Intel 64-bit processor (Instruction set: 64-bit), 4 cores, 3.2 and above Ghz clock speed, LGA 1150, Supports DDR3/DDR3L 1333/1600 memory at 1.5V, Compatible with the BIOS version (default v1.0) of the motherboard, doesn't exceed TDP rating of motherboard, version/stepping supported by motherboard.
CPU Cooler: Deep Cool Iceblade Pro v2.0
- Any LGA 1150 CPU fan will do, I haven't tried fanless ones and not sure if they're good/safe. Won't go for liquid cooling.
RAM: 2x Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600. Model no: KHX1600C10D3B1/8G
- As far as i know, Timing, Voltage and Frequency just need to be the same with the other RAMs listed in the supported memory list of the motherboard (from manufacturer's website) and as well as the CPU's memory support list? Correct me if i'm mistaken.
Graphics Card: Nvidia GT-440 (On-hand and currently in-use)
- Looking for: A graphics card with an HDMI and DVI port (since i use 2 monitors) and can play most modern video games with compatibility.
Optical Disk Drive (ODD): 1x DVD RW Drive (Are CD ODDs are obsolete these days?) I have 1x DVD drive currently on-hand and in use but its old, takes a few button presses just for the tray to come out.
- Need at least 1x DVD RW drive (RWs have ROM capability) to read retail discs, install Windows 7, etc. May opt to go for a Blu-ray RW drive in the future but it doesn't seem to be mainstream yet unlike DVDs.
Hard Disk Drive (HDD): 1x Seagate 1TB 3.5" SATA 32MB Cache HDD (On hand), I also have another 500GB Sata drive currently in use in my current desktop PC.
AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulator), ~ My area tends to experience power fluctuations. I can go with UPS but at a later time just to save on budget: 1,000W AVR
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Cooler master Power consumption: 275W. But i could opt to go SLI in the future given the overkill PSU that i have, the opportunity (mobo, processor), etc.
Anything i missed out as well or errors in my understanding? (Compatibility, details, etc.) please let me know
Edited by john1816, 27 May 2015 - 08:02 AM.