SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Graphic design/editing (Indesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop) and gaming. Looking for something with a long enough lifespan and for it to be upgradeable in a few years.
Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download Windows 7RC and then buy the full version when it comes out. You should get the 64-bit version, but if that is too much of a chore, then go with Vista Prem. 64-bit. (You will need either Vista Prem. 64-bit or Win7 64-bit for ram over 4gb.)
the problem i notice with the MB is that it is (seems to be?) missing a IDE port which i need for my DVD drive. it also seems like it has a low capacity for RAM improvement. Maybe a more expensive one has both abilities?
I was told OCZ wasnt trustable recently and that i should go with corsair, you guys think OCZ is just as good and dependable? Im willing to shell out the few extra bucks to have something solid.
The CPU heatsink does seem like a great idea, didnt i didnt realize the one i had was so big it would block the ram. Also i notice it is using heatpipe technology, which i hear is fantastic.
the problem i notice with the case seems to be that is has smaller and fewer fans. I have a heating issue on my current computer where i have to leave it open with a real fan on it at all times. I'm hoping to avoid this in the future haha.
the thermal compound is alot better i can see if it i dont have to wait 48 hours! thanks for the heads up!
the problem i notice with the graphic card is that it doesnt have a dvi out port. I need the dvi cause on my current monitor setup i have the xbox 360 on the HDMI and my plan was for the DVI to be on the DVI port that it has. this seem like quite a conveinient possibility right now so i kinda had my heart set on it. also is XFX a good company (or saphire for that matter, i really dont know the GPU companies very well.
the HDD looks great, cheap and fast!
Thanks again for that word on the extension cable. I didnt realize it would be necessary.
the windows 7 is a great idea. is it stable?
and the mouse, and speakers look great! and i like the mechanical feature of the recommended keyboard. however i was hoping for something with extra keys for mapping to all the different adobe programs. is there one with both?
I think that covers my questions. Thanks for taking the time!
On the Mobo, you could get a higher price one, ranging from around $240 to $290, but you would loose some of the Combo discounts. Now you could get a new DVD Burner that is Sata like the one below and it will be a bit cheaper money-wise.
Great! I want to go with the Vapor, but they seem to be putting out a bad batch at the moment. bad reviews. I'll have to hope that the bad batch has passed.
I guess the MSI one? seems like only a few people bought it, can it be trusted?
the Keyboard looks great!
on the MB issue, could you link me to some of the options? the only one i saw in that price range was this, and it seems to have gotten a number of bad reviews, issues with bent pins and an inability to overclock.