mihirkula, I don't know a lot of things about hardware. So the specs or the others I can't believe. I just buy a mobo, which will carry me in the future.
And this is carry the next mean. I want a mobo which will handle the new CPU's or the next CPU's in the future.. (Sorry I don't know English very well.)
nkarasch, I don't want Quad Core, it is too expensive for me. There is , In Turkey no shop selling most of brand's stocks. (Like GEIL,XIGMATEK vs.)
But I want to know what is the specs. the differents, GA - P35 - DS3L vs GA - EP35 - DS3R..
ok the Ep35 DS3R includes RAID...the ga-p35-ds3l doesnt....RAID is a technology that employs the simultaneous use of two or more hard disk drives ..so as to achieve greater levels of performance......... its basically for hardcore enthusiasts....
so i suggest you get the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L motherboard. This mobo supports all the penryns. The NEXT gen, which is Nehalem uses a different architecture, don't worry about that, theres still a lot of time till that becomes mandatory. Get the gigabyte DS3L, you would be very happy.
And 2GB of RAM is quite sufficient. You can always upgrade later.
The DS3R also has 8 SATA ports compared to 4 for the DS3L, for some people it might be too small (2 CD/DVD + 2HD then you're out of ports). You can find a cheap SATA card to compensate, but you end-up paying as much as a DS3R, without having the extra features.
I got a DS3L with PATA DVD-RAM + PATA DVD + 2HD so I got 2 spares, if my PATA drive had been SATA, I would have opted for the DS3R.
With SATA ports what can I do? Only DVD/ROMs like?
SATA ports are used to connect both Hard Drives and CD/DVD drives 1 port can connect 1 device. The DS3L and DS3R also have a single PATA port that can support 2 devices, but I suggest only pluging CD/DVD in them if you get the PATA.
SATA is used for hard drives and cd/dvd drives primarily. Unless you plan on adding alot later, the 4 ports should be fine.
The OCZ Platinum should work beautifully with the DS3L. It is a good choice.
So, the consensus so far is:
Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3L
RAM: 2 or 4GB of OCZ Platinum
Video Card: 8800GT 512MB or 8800GTS 512MB
Case: Cooler Master ELITE RC-333
Power Supply: OCZ STEALTHXSTREAM 600W
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (such as 7200.11 ST3500320AS)
Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" DVI Widescreen
Optical (CD/DVD) Drive: a SATA DVD burner, Samsung or LiteOn can be had in the states for about $30
You might want to look into a new Western Digital 640GB hard drive. It looks like it will give better performance than the Seagate. However it is new, and I don't know what kind of availability you will find.
Are you going to be shopping online, or local stores? Some choices are easier if we can look at the selection you have. The Corsair 550VX is a highly rated power supply, and can be bought very cheaply right now on buy.com
Because you are not overclocking your machine, buy a retail processor (not OEM), since it comes with a heat sink/fan that works well enough for whatever processor you buy. It also comes with a longer warranty.