I haven't built anything for about 5 years now so I'm a little worried (or maybe just ocd) that some of the parts wont fit. Forgive the caps as well—copied n pasted from notepad++.
This PC is mostly going to be used for gaming, multimedia editing (photoshop, aftereffects, etc), and running analytic programs in the background probably 20 hours a day. The budget is $1000
APEX ATX Mid Tower Case - $28.98
ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 - $187.86
Intel i5 (3.4 GHz) - $229.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $89.99
SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable - $5.48
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 - $267.55
500W ATX 12V - $44.99
2 x 140mm - $31.97
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $94.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $97.99
Slim Keyboard with Low Profile - $9.99
I'm on my comp almost 14 hours a day, and I eat a lot over my keyboard. I had a $50 "gaming" one, but it didn't do anything for me, and I'd rather not put in 10% of the budget into a proper keyboard that I know will get dirty and wear out really quickly.
I have 2 monitors - I've read that I can plug 1 into the graphics card and 1 into the onboard graphics - is this true?
1 just for gaming, the other for multitasking during business hours.
I have a mouse.
Optical drive still necessary these days? Last time I used a CD was for installing Age of Empires 3 a couple of years ago.
Is the PSU good for the graphics card? The thing needs at least a 500W unit, but I've read that it's a good idea to get 50-100W over the suggested power.
I'm also assuming that this is OK to run a 64bit OS.
OS - I'll install win8 preview and buy it when it comes out. Good idea or bad?
I have ubuntu on an older machine but I'm not a fan.
The 2 fans, I want to put on the side of the case to take all that hot air out. Overkill?
I have a laptop that runs 100% 8 hours a day, and it shut down on me because it overheated so I had to get a cooling pad for it. I'm surprised it hasn't caught on fire yet, which is why I'm concerned about the temp.
Thank you for your consideration.