BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500. Rebates a plus, but not an issue. Upper limit not firm.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Work(documents, spreadsheets, etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
case (SilverStone TJ06)
monitor (Samsung 2253BW 22")
Corsair HX-620W Power Supply
2 X Samsung SP2504C 250G drives in RAID 1 for data
EVGA GTX 275 FTW Edition graphics
Creative X-FI Platinum sound
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com to use 12 mo/no interest deal
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Florida, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan on using WIN 7 Home Premium 64. I do some modest OC. I may use onboard sound and do away with X-FI card. I'm wondering if it would be cost effective to upgrade graphics right now. Would use new drive for OS/Programs. I have 2 older 150G Raptors I could put in a RAID 0. Wondering how that would compare to newer drives. Also thinking about playing around with using an 8800GT I have as a dedicated PhysX card. Wondering if current power supply would handle it.
I think I will change the HDD to the Samsung you listed.
I'll look at the Ram you suggested. I've used Corsair for the past few years and never had problems, but wouldn't say I'm dedicated to it.
I've had some problems with ASUS in the past, (motherboard, graphics and what they call customer support) and had given up on them. My last 2 GPU's have been EVGA, and I've been very pleased with them. So I figured I'd try one of their motherboards. But I'll look around a little more. I see Gigabyte recommended a lot here. Money's not that much of an issue (no wife to answer to), but always nice to save a little, or put it into something else.
From what I've read about USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0, I don't see where they would help me that much for the near future. I re-build about every 1-1/2 to 2 years, so maybe they would be a factor on my next build.
After more thought, I've decided to go with an X58 system. I can do it within my budget, and it may be better for future upgrades. It's probably more than I need for gaming at 1680 X 1050, but I'm limited on the size of monitor my desk can handle. I might try to solve that problem later. I've also added a new mouse, after spilling my coffee on my G5 this morning. Wheel & resolution buttons are sticking now, even after cleaning.
I could even fit a GPU upgrade into my budget. I'll have to think about that.
My new parts list is as follows. Any thoughts/recommendations?