Hi all, I'm trying to save money on a core i5 build and I don't have that much experience on all these new components.
I'll be using my pc for the following:
Music and general home entertainment
I don't anticipate any gaming except maybe an mmorpg at some point if I fancy(low probability)
Here are the components on my list which I'll start buying next month:
1/. Memory - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory.
2/. Case - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
4/. GPU - SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card or HIS H575FN1GD Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
My favorite recommendation is the Asus P7P55D-E Pro. It's expensive at $190, but great for future proofing. Really, I would just look for any Asus, Gigabyte, MSI or EVGA board that has PCIe 2.0 slots at 8x/8x.
MadAdmiral, I'm looking to build a similar system (i5-750). Just looking to see what's available. I was really eyeing the asrock just because I didn't want to spend loads of money. What's the difference between the PCIe 2.0 x16/x8 like the asrock and x8/x8? I would think x16/x8 is better? I'll be sticking with my NVidia 8800GT for now on my video card with a possibility of running SLI with another 8800GT. I only play occasional games.