I'm going to be building my firs PC from scratch, really soon. I'm just waiting on the RAM, Motherboard, and floppy drive right now - I have everything else.
First off, the specs of the current system:
ASUS A78NX MOBO
2 sticks of this RAM
AMD XP 2000+ CPU
17" KTC Monitor, 110mhz, 1280x1204
40 GB Western Digital 7200 2mb buffer hard drive
3.5 floppy drive
Windows XP Professional
First, the case. The case in the picture, differs slightly from the model I received. The only thing different in my model, is, where you store the hard drive. Mine, has a tower-like structure, which can hold 7 hard drives. Or, a zip, a floppy, and 5 hard drives. However you slap it together. It came with a 300w power supply.
The hard drive that's being used, is just to get me off the ground - I can purchase larger ones, or a secondary, or whatever looks appealing, later on down the road.
The CPU is also in the same boat. I may upgrade to the XP 2800+ later on. I may even buy a stick of 512 ram to compliment my current pair of 256's.
Anyhow, the CPU and hard drive are certainly 2 components which are noticed as the first to go. But, they'll get me started and take me quite a ways.
My HDD requirements?
Hm, MAME has about 3.8gb of roms.
Other emus, MIGHT...just might add up to 1gb. I know for certain my non-MAME rom collection does not.
Original Quake(open gl build)
Tomb Raider 3
_some_ mp3's, and _some_ music videos
MS Office premium
(everything else is small potatoes)
The emulation scene is where I'm at.
My CPU requirements?
Eventually, it'll be 8ghz as that's what the predicted requirements of Marvel VS Capom 2 will be. Primal Rage is going to be about 3.5ghz, so, that's under the MVC2 requirement - by alot. Once again though, that's down the road. Primal Rage probably won't have sound for a little while, and besides that, anything else I'll want to run or care about having super-perfect, will already be perfect.
RAM and CPU are what I need..no video, no nothing.
My MOBO comes with 64mb video, and 6 channel analog surround which will give me all of what I need. Graphics? Bah, I stopped following PC stuff a long time ago. Sound? My home stereo system is all PA analog, 350w per 15".
The real point of this post, is cooling. I think...I have provided enough information?
I might overclock, but once again, this is all to get me going. CPU might go, might get more HDs and bigger ones, and more ram.
So, upon inspecting my case thoroughly, I noticed that it obviously has a spot for a case fan, or system fan. I won't start out with one, but will probably get one immediately. I'm thinking of running a system blower to act as an exhaust for the case. Maybe, working a fan next to the HD tower. And then, replacing the factory fan+heatsink combo with a water cooling system for the cpu AS IS. This will help alot when I move into overclocking the CPU or just buying a faster one. I might look into the possibility of cooling off the RAM.
I've been looking into the following cooling system:
It seems to be good, but, I'm not experienced with such. Never built a pc before, but generally understand how it works. End point: I want everything in the case, and the case itself super cool. I want to overkill what I have right now so when I upgrade, I won't need to replace or buy any new cooling crap. Lastly, how do you feel about water cooling for the CPU? Is there a better brand?
Provide some input for an eager hardware nut.