There's another i7 from microcenter. Just not 100% sure they are the same processor. It's cheaper from microcenter and I can request a D0 stepping one (but honestly, i really dont need to because i'm not overclocking anything for now)
*Note on ram: I need suggestions on ram. Just picked this temporarily. I was hoping to just pick up whatever ram goes on sale. The mobo specifies
DDR3 2000+ / 1333 / 1066. Don't know if it's a big issue if i pick a slower speed ram. DDR3 1600 was what my friend recommended.
I am a Nvidia fan and always bought Nvidia cards. However, I have read up on articles from this website and others and I just can't justify paying 400 dollars for a quadro fx 1700 when this ati card is cheaper and outperforms it. I'm not looking to spend a ton of money on the vid card. I just want what is the best bang for the buck. If you have suggestions, please help a brotha out
The SSD drive is for installation of the OS, Maya, XSI and possibly other frequently used programs. Everything else goes to the 7200 rpm hd. Is this a good setup? If I am loading a file off the 7200rpm harddrive, I'm guessing the performance will suffer some. So is it still worth getting the SSD?
Also, I am confused about SATA and SATAII. How do I make sure that the SSD drive is connected in a SATAII connection as oppose to a regular SATA connection? The mobo specifies 8 SATA 3Gb/s connections. I read that 3Gb/s is synonymous to SATA II. Does this mean all SATA connections on this mobo is SATA II?
Lastly, I need to pick out a monitor. I am leaning towards a samsung lcd monitor. I'm looking for something in the $200 range and around 24". I have thought about the monitors with the tv tuners but i read bad reviews on them. Guess if i want a good monitor, that should be it's sole job lol.
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Mintor Resolution: Not sure. I'm assuming 1920 x 1080
Thanks for taking the time to read. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.