This is going to be my first build. I wanted for some video editing, video format conversions, medium gaming.
Thinking about core i7, usb 3.0 sata 6.0 Gb/s for future proof.
I am planning to use existing nVidia FX 1700 Quadro for now and change it to SLI at later point (I don't need highend GPU right away; Since it is the first build, planning to use existing FX1700 and change it later, once everything works).
Here is what I came up with; Please give your suggestions...
For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.
Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.