Okay I currently have the following Motherboard, but perhaps I am having buyer's remorse:
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know it's a good motherboard, and I can still return it to Amazon, but I want to make sure I haven't totally gimped myself. I realize that means I am looking at a i7 or i5, I am not so much worried about the Foxconn issue, since I won't really be overclocking.
I've read all the reviews of the i5, and it seems it will definitely be enough, but could upgrade to the i7. I realize that AMD Phenoms would also do well for what I want. Have I limited my upgrade capabilities with the Mobo choice? The cost difference on newegg from i5 to i7 is about 80 bucks.
I will probably pick up the DVD drive listed in the choosing parts thread.
To start, you really shouldn't be looking at the i7-860. It's a waste of an upgrade. The choice should be either the i5-750 or the i7-920. The 920 would require a different board and different RAM.
Besides, the i5 is possibly the best gaming CPU on the market today.
The only "mistake" you made with the board is not getting the P55A version. Not because of the Foxconn socket, but because of the USB 3.0/SATA III support. It's still a good board though.
That RAM is good.
You did make some very minor mistakes in the other stuff, such as buying an overpriced case and getting a poor performance HDD. But I'm assuming that can't be changed now, and it wouldn't matter too much.
WD isn't that great any more. Both the Samsung Spinpoint F3s and Seagate 7200.12 (500 GB and 1 TB) are faster, quieter, and cheaper. These are the only 500 GB platter drives (excluding the $300 2 TB WD).
I certainly wouldn't call the WD Black 640GB drive's performance "poor". Sure, the new 500GB platter drives are slightly faster, but the WD drive doesn't suck. It is still plenty fast and has a 5 year warranty.
I don't know how much you paid for your motherboard. It's not a bad board by any means. I, personally, would get this motherboard since you don't need crossfire support. Either way, they're both nice boards, so no need for buyers remorse.
Thanks again for the help. I only paid 185 plus tax from Amazon for the board. I looked over the Gigabyte site to see what the differences are. Not a huge issue for me, probably should have got the 55A, but to be honest, by the time usb 3.0 is up and running big time, I think I'll be ready to move up. I normally pass my old computer to my parents since they use it to surf the web and such.