Mobo: Intel DP55WG Warrensburg
CPU: Intel i7 - 860
CPU COOLER: Scythe Katana
RAM: OCZ DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 12800/1600 LFT Platinum Dual Channel Low Voltage 1,65V
HDD for OS: SSD but don't know which one yet
HDD data: Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
VIDEO: ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 1024MB GDDR5 PCI EXPRESS
PSU: OCZ Powerstream 600W ADJ
Questions: Is this RAM adequate or rather OCZ XMP ram or another brand, cause i heard there are some problems with ocz???
Cooler good yes/no?
Which SSD should i buy best? I read that the speed lowers as it gets used?
Should i upgrade my monitor (viewsonic G90F+ Magicbright flatscreen) for gaming to a 21 or 22 inch?
In which way the asus & gigabyte are better?
They seem to have more overclocking headroom than the intel, but for stability, my local pc seller told me intel board + intel cpu are the best combo...
I'm a bit confused right now...
The Intel P55 motherboards are relatively new, and there are very few comments on Newegg about your Intel motherboard choice, so the verdict is still out on that particular board. However, take a look at the Newegg comments on the Intel P45 boards on Newegg. Those boards have been out for a long time and many people have had headaches with them. I am sure Intel stands behind their products, but it is no fun to have to pull a motherboard and RMA it back to the manufacturer.
I am not saying the Gigabyte and ASUS P55 motherboards are better because they also have only been out for a relatively short period of time. What I said was that there are many more people on this forum who have built systems with Gigabyte and ASUS boards who can offer board specific help if you run into problems.
I actually hope the Intel P55 motherboards turn out to be fabulous. Competition is good. By all means if you trust your local PC seller, and he has sold enough systems with the Intel DP55WG to know that this board is the best, I would say go for it. But please report back in a few months to let us know of your experience with this board. You will be doing the community a good service.
Yes, that is Mont St. Michelle on my avatar. My wife and I, and our two kids went there to celebrate our 25th wedding aniversary. We actually stayed on the island and had a great time, especially after all the tourists left for the day. I just loaded this avator today because my first choice (me holding a stein of beer from the Hofbrauhaus) wouldn't upload for some reason.
Good luck with your new PC build. The P55 platform is wonderful. I just completed a build using an i5-750 CPU and Gigabyte UD4P combo, and I am extremely pleased with the performance.
Correction: Mobo wil be ASUS P7P55D, not LE version
The Gigabyte is as good as the asus, it even sports an FDD connector!
But the fans minimum speed is 60%, of the asus 20% (minimum load)!
This means the Gigabyte mobo will make more noise in combination with case fans.
The turbo mode when idling is 24x compared to asus 21x
Now for the monitor: what size should i go for?
I now have a trusted crt 19" flat screen for gaming, mostly at 1024*768 or 1280*1024, like the desktop resolution.
I'm kinda doubting if i should buy an lcd. Which one would be best?
If i go for 22", the hardware (video card) must be able to run all the games at the native resolution (for best results) of 1900*1020, i doubt that will happen for two years from now
I will be ending up gaming at 1024*768 again because the video card isn't fast enough...