I'm building a new system for the first time in a few years, and I think I finally have the list of components ready to order sometime this month. The build is primarily expected to be used as a recording rig, using an EchoAudio PCI Layla card that I already have. More cores are good, because I use a recording program that has multicore support. I have a preference for Intel over AMD, mostly because I've had a good experience with them in the past. Outside of recording, I want to make sure that the computer has an HDMI out and enough juice to play some relatively low-juice games like WoW and Sims 3, since it will be doubling as an HTPC on my big screen. I've never built a micro-ATX enclosure before, so that's somewhat of a concern, as I know that some people have issues with space. I don't have any intention of SLI or overclocking - I'm happy to let it run cool and slow. Already have a snazzy couple of monitors with 1080p, so I'd like to be able to run things at that resolution. Please let me know if anything in this build jumps out as a problem, since I know that everybody here is likely more advanced than I am at building
Hold UP! red flags
You have a core-i5 processor which utilizes socket 1156. The motherboard you chose is socket 775 and also deactivated. You cannot use a core-i5 in a socket 775 motherboard.
Also you chose ddr2 ram, when really you will need ddr3 ram.