i was originally looking at the "GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard" or the "ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard,"
but I dont know if there is any reason to buy DDR2 now instead of DDR3?
they seem to be the same price!
I plan on updating gpu and OS later. Im hoping this board/cpu will last a couple years. last system has lived quite a while.
I will also buy an aftermarket cpu cooler when i buy a new GPU.
what I'm going to be using this system for:
light gaming: cs:source, league of legends
surfing the web
1) Is all of this compatible(from checking the Asus site it says the cpu is)
2) is this a wise idea? remember, the CPU and GPU are free.
You mention that you will buy a CPU cooler later when you upgrade your GPU. My only advice would be to buy a cheap CPU cooler now, like the Hyper 212 ($28), because it is much easier to install when the motherboard is out of the case.