APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week to next week. BUDGET RANGE: 1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (most of the time FPS, like MW2, upcoming BFBC2, Valve Games), Ripping and transcoding media files, download nzb (including raring and paring), Hackintosh
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
* DVD (Samsung 22X SATA)
* Keyboard (Logitech G17)
* Mouse (Logitech G500)
* Monitor (Viewsonic 1680x1050)
* HD (Raptor 174GB SATA with 1TB secondary disk SATA)
* OS (windows 7 x64) PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipzoomfly.com, and amazon.com. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now but may do in the future. I just have hard time justify doing SLI when single better video card come out that can beat SLI's benchmark in long run.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (currently), future: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am torn on the motherboard. TBH I am not fan of new USB 3.0/SATA 3.0. Is it worth to have those? See Mobo lists.
CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black link GPU:XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB link CPU:Intel Core i5-750 link RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB link PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W link
MOBO: heres the problem, so far I have several choices-
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R link (no usb3.0/sata 3.0)
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P link (have "everything")
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 link (microATX)
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 link (almost similar to UD3R, but have 3.0 stuff)
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro link (non-gigabyte choice)
well if your looking for a GIGABYTE board then might as well get usb 3.0/ 6gb/s sata.
Its backwards compatible, so why not get it. If you plan on keeping this system for a few years i would do it for sure.
You are not going to crossfire with that power supply anyway, so the P55A-UD3 seems the best choice. Its the P55A model so it is newer built, has newer bios and has USB3 and its cheaper than the older P55-UD3R. USB3 may be nice for backing up onto external USB drives or using other high speed peripherals in the near future. I am not as excited about SATA 6GB as USB3.