by Willy - 4/28/12 6:56 AM
In Reply to: Building second PC from upgraded parts- little help? by tinfoilxtouch
If you're going to get into serious DIY building no matter what the spare parts, having the "right case" is a MUST, Why, because if anything it'll be the 1 part that can carry forward with a future build. So pay heed to buy a case that you'll find useful for a long time.
When it comes to spare parts, treat them as spare parts. Install and fit as required and don't rush the build. Take care and then apply power when all is done. I like to think any spare are good matches for each other, so no super-duper part that's hampered by less than capable one. Here, I like to state the PSU should be as capable to sustain power levels and be of a decent brand name and/or well build. Wattage and "single-rail" design provide the best reference for needs, but dual-fan or silent huge heatsinks shouldn't be discarded. Alas, good cooling should also be part of the overall build. I leave the rest to make a matched setup.