So, after years lazily relying on pre-built PCs I finally decided it was time to try building one of my own. After some research I came up with the following build:
Intel i5 2500K 3.30 GHZ
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (Rev 3.0)
Corsair Vengeance 8GBs DDR 3 1600
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HD 7200 RPM
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB HD 5400 RPM
And I'll be using my current Radeon HD 5770 video card and my Corsair TX 650W power source. I'll probably upgrade the video card next year, but since my monitor's max resolution is 1080p I doubt I'll ever need anything too high end.
Heat is a big concern for me. I live in a tropical hellhole and nearly every computer I ever lost went kaput because a cooler failed and something fried inside. I bought a Cooler Master 690 II Advance case since I heard it has great airflow.
So, some questions:
a) I plan on doing some light overclocking of the processor. Nothing too extreme, but enough to have it take everything I throw at it for the next 4-5 years. With that in mind, is the stock Intel cooler enough or should I invest in a better solution? And if so, would something like a Corsair H60 be overkill?
b) Speaking of overkill, is the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe too much? I choose that over the pro version because I always assume that anything that's more expensive must also automatically be better. Plus it has an LCD that displays error codes, and that sounds pretty neat.
c) I'm not going to do too much multi-tasking, so is 8GBs of RAM really necessary? Does it improve gaming performance noticeably over 4GBs?
d) My case has openings for fans in the front, back, top, bottom and I'm also gonna drill a hole on its side. What's the best configuration for optimal airflow? I'm thinking of having the front, side and bottom fans suck air from outside and the others blowing air from inside. Also, should I have the power source's fan sucking air in or expelling hot air out?
e) Finally, what's the one thing you wish you knew before you built your first system? Any general tips?