I've done some upgrades for my pc before (CPU, PSU, RAM, etc) so I thought maybe I could do a full build to serve my needs. So I did some research and come up with this part list https://pcpartpicker.com/list/x9QFnH.
Some expectations for this build:
1. A lot of scientific calculation/computation.
2. Need 32 GB RAM.
3. Little gaming, but some photoshop works.
4. Need build-in wifi.
5. No overclocking for now but may try it if my confidence grows.
6. Budget is around $1500-2000.
7. Minimum RBG effects.
PS: I already have the PSU and GPU from previous upgrades. So I'll try to reuse them in this build if possible.
Several questions and concerns:
a. About the motherboard. I'm thinking to save some money by using an mATX or mITX motherboard. I won't need many PCIe slots and 2 RAM slots meet the minimum requirement. However, the concern is CPU upgrades. Could anyone comment on if the smaller boards are able to handle CPUs like i9-9900K, with and without overclocking?
b. Please let me know if my part list has any clearance or compatibility issue.
c. A little bit interested in i9-9900K. Do I need a more powerful CPU cooler accordingly?
d. Not sure if I need to buy the thermal paste, or it comes with the CPU cooler?
e. Not sure if the case has fans, or fans are bought separately?