My apologies for not reading enough before posting a few weeks back. Hopefully this one will make more sense and the links will work.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon after Windows 7 is released
BUDGET RANGE: Open ended
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet with loads of tabs open, java apps, listening to music, streaming movies, maybe disk movies, ( no games )
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitors ( 2 x DELL 2209WA 22-inch ) Speakers ( Audioengine A2's )
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com seems to be popular, Microcenter brick and mortar not an option
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet, stable PC. From this parts list I could change out the motherboard, CPU, and ram to configure i5 750, i7 860, or i7 920.
I like the case, power ( I think 620W is enough ) and GPU.
Changing the CPU to the i7 860 is $90 more. Changing the rig to i7 920 would add $270 since board and ram are more expensive. I believe the i5 750 is plenty for my needs but might spend $90 more for the i7 860.
Not sure if I need a CPU cooler or not. Some that fit the 1156 socket are coming out now. Might not get into OC. Has anyone used Indigo Xtreme instead of paste ?
I chose 1333 1.5 v ram. From what I've read this should be the stock speed of this board although it shows DDR3 2200(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066. Any reason to change to 1600 ram ?
Onboard sound is fine.
Don't need storage beyond the SSD. However I am curious. Since it's important for me to have a running machine, is it possible to buy another SSD to use as a ghosted image backup ? Doesn't need to be this large. It would be nice to have another SSD ready to install in case of failure. I think they make a 5 1/4 drive bay to plug in 2 SSD's ? Today if I have problems I use my laptop instead.
more wattage than what you selected, $50 cheaper before the rebate. The only real difference is that the one you picked has modular cables. Spend a dollar on twisty ties and you can tie up the cables that aren't in use.
If you're really fine with just 160 GB for the SSD no need to make changes there. If you start collecting movies though you will quickly run out of room without additional storage.
As for getting a second SSD for "backup" it sounds more like you'd be interested in doing a RAID 1 array. This makes a mirror copy of your data continuously, and allows for continued operation until you can replace the failed drive. With SSDs however, there are no moving parts, and they have a theoretical much longer time before failure. A RAID 1 array for a drive that is not likely to fail seems a bit excessive.
As for RAM, 4GB should be plenty for most people who don't do professional production work, but if you want to spend the money for 8GB, it's your call.
Also, invest in a better CPU cooler. The Intel stock one is barely adequate, and makes no attempt to be a quiet cooler. There are also very few 1156 coolers on the market right now, so you may want to consider that as a later upgrade. The only readily available coolers I know of that will fit a 1156 and do a good job at cooling quietly are Xigmatek Dark Knight, and The newest Zalman cooler. Scythe is putting out mounting brackets for some of their current coolers, and many other big names are doing the same.