- 71 months ago
New user here putting together a build as a sort of "self-congrats" / "time to upgrade from 5 y/o laptop" now that I'm finally done with schooling (I hope).
Anyhow, here's the link to the parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3LAtg
Main issues: Mobo / CPU compatibility, will I need to upgrade the BIOS myself or has it been long enough to safely assume the GA-X79-UP4 ships with the right BIOS? Do the physical dimensions actually work and everything will fit on the mobo / in the case.
Side issues: Should I get a separate sound card and, if so, which one? Suggestion on the wireless adapter and cooling system also welcome (but I'd prefer a heat sink, no idea how to install liquid cooling and I only have so much rice if I mess it up but willing to try.)
And, of course, any general comments could be appreciated.
Note: $3,000 is just a soft-cap. I'd prefer no more than $3,500 but am willing to up to $4,000. Estimated life for the build is ~10 years. So things that seem a little ridiculous are partly "justified?" for future-proofing.
EDIT: Updated parts list to reflect comments of AlaxelPC and PhantomTaco (thanks folks).