First of all I would like to apologize if you ever see any grammatical and spelling errors in this thread and if I ever ask TOO many questions
I. History (tl;dr)
My interest into building a pc ironically started from an ad from a PC Gaming site a month ago about a gaming PC building company like alienware. of course at first I got mesmerized by all the shameless advertising and did some research and found out it would be thrice awesomer, twice cheaper and a bajillion times harder to build a PC. Challenge accepted I thought to myself so I've been researching for a good long 2 months now on what items I should buy and I still have a lot of doubts and questions. I will start buying and assembling in March (summer vacation lol). I will be asking a lot of questions along the way so I won't be making any threads and make this my only thread about inquiring the parts.
General Questions before I move on:
What month should I buy? I've read Intel will release Ivy bridge-E this year but I do not know what month and I'm not even sure if those will fit my budget.
What brands should I avoid? I would want as much as possible original products and not rip-offs.
Are there any things I should take precaution? I have read that I should "ground" myself before working on computer parts. Which computer parts exactly and why?
CPU : 3770k or 2600 (talkin bout the i7s) - The heaviest way I would possibly stress my custom PC is running programs that take up a lot of ram and calculations at the same time. like Sony Vegas and Skyrim. So which one?
MoBo- I cannot pick one. There is just so many identicals! these are the things you should know that I want in my mobo:
A LOT of Ports - whether USB 2.0,3.0 PCI's , Sata's,SSD's and ports for GPU's; I have more things to plugs to plug into my MB than you could calculate (exaggeration in case you lack common sense)
Strong Build - I have clumsy fingers. Not that I will shatter it to pieces in a matter of minutes but I want something that's durable
Features - A BIOS that is actually understandable is what I want- oh and btw what in tarnations are these features on Asus motherboards nowadays:
ASUS Hybrid Processor - TurboV EVO :
- CPU Level Up
ASUS EPU :
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
a lot of ports - I mentioned earlier that I tend to plug a lot of stuff.
Very Spacy - Its hard to put stuff in a small case
Customizable - I want a "beast" look or if you are suggesting a plain design I might get it spraypainted at a local decal shop
good building material - METAL.
PSU: Will Hec Cougar GX1050W 80+ GOLD (Modular) do?
I estimated the specs that I wanted and estimated it will cost me 2200 USD. Minus keyboard mouse and PC and screen.
Looking back I feel embarrased not having the time to find the right words and phrases but I tried as much to make you understand it.
Also kudos to the CPCR team. It's RARE to see asians who still build PC's (based from experience though). I live near our city's chinese district all my chinese friends have a mac. Those in my city who are still on the PC side are sadly buy branded rigs :/