It was about time to create a new PC so naturally, I head over to my favorite websites to research components and then compile my list of products that I need.  

Here is that list:

Here’s all the pieces.  The Glenfiddich is very important
 
All new components

Motherboard – Went with the Asus Maximus V FormulaMotherboard

Hard Drive – Two hard drives – 1) – Samsung SSD 840 250GB – will be the primary C drive; 2) Western Digital Black 2TB for applications and data.

Memory – 32GB Corsair – cause why not.

Heat Sink – Cooler Master 812.. This thing is a beast.  Pour a drink before installing this item.

PowerSupply – Completely overkill but since I don’t plan on changing this once in, went with the Cooler MasterSilent Pro Gold – 1200W.

 Video Card – Besides the CPU, probably the other most improtant peice of hardware.  The challenge is finding one within the 
budget and still getting the most performance you can.  Went with the EVGA 660TI, single card for now.  

CPU – Intel i7 3770K Quad core 1155. Primarily as this can be overclocked to a much higher clock-speed.

Case

Assembly:

This is where the Glenfiddich comes in handy.  Now’s a good time to pour a drink.
Take the motherboard and place the Intel CPU into the slot.  You’ll need to take off the CPU cover that comes with the board.  The CPU
can only go in one way so align the arrows.   Put some of the coolant thermal paste on the CPU and then attach the heatsink. Next,
plug-in the memory.  These DIMMs can only go one way and should snap right into place.   

Putting the board in the case is a matter of placing the hosting screws in the case and then aligning the motherboard to these screws and 
tightening.  Place the motherboard plate into the large opening of the case – this should just snap in – and if you have any spefici wires, string
these through the plate.  For the Maximus motherboard, you’ll want to put the Wifi daughter board on, and attach the WiFi cables and then 
thread these through the plate.  Next is to install the video card.

Once all the components are in, next comes installing the hard drives.  Depending on your case, you’ll either have bays that are can be pulled
out or you need to install them directly.  Once these are in, attach the SATA cables and attach the other end onto the motherboard.  
If you have any optical drives, these should also go in.  Rule of thumb for all drives is 4 screws.  You don’t want any rattle.  

Now install the powersupply into the case and string the necessary power cables through.  The board will take one large set, as well as an
additional 8-pin.  The video card will need a 4-pin, and then each of the drives will require a connection.

 

Now comes the hard part.  If everythig is connected properly, the system should boot up and allow you to enter the BIOS.  If not, listen to the beeps and consult
the motherboard manual.

Installing your OS:

I installed Windows 8 from a USB disk.  After installation there are some minor changes that need to be made:

  • When installing Windows on a system with 1 drive only, partition the drive into two – C and D.  Ensure C has around 60 – 80 GB, if not more. This will be the primary OS drive.
  • After OS install, create a TEMP folder on the C drive and change the TEMP location for the USER and SYSTEM to be this new location (C:\TEMP).
  • Unless you are going to hiberante your desktop machine, launch COMMAND tool as administrator and turn off hibernation – type powercfg -h off at the command prompt.
  • Download latest motherboard drivers.  Start wtih the Intel Chipset drivers and then install other items as required.
  • Install a virusscan program.  A good free one is Avast.
  • Update the OS to the latest drivers.