SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mostly MMOs but some RTS and FPS), Internet, Movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Have good history with Newegg but not bound to it
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING: Probably yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking to build a solid gaming rig that will last me for several years and allow for future upgrades (i.e. crossfire/sli, etc). This will be my first build so please any suggestions for bettering this build will be much appreciated. The parts I've picked here are on the cheaper end of my budget so feel free to offer upgrades that will fit in my overall budget.
As for the suggested Gigabyte motherboard, how valuable would it be to switch to the mobo eith SATA III and USB 3.0? Also if I switched would I be needing to change my choice of RAM as the Gigabyte board doesn't have 1600 listed as a standard?
From what I'm reading it sounds like some of the current USB 3.0/SATA III Intel boards may have issues hurting the performance of your graphics card especially when using crossfire/sli (source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...). This is concerning as I intend to crossfire at some point in the future. One of the boards suggested in that article for minimizing that problem was the MSI P55-GD85 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. Would this board be overkill for my build and/or am I misunderstanding the severity of the issue? Would the board suggested earlier in the thread by evongugg be a better option?
I see this a lot from people. "Its my first build and I am going to spend $1500 or $2000 on it". Its not terribly hard, but you can make mistakes that can take all that hardware out if your not carefull.
Instead, why don't you take some spare parts lying around, buy a few cheapies to fill in the gaps, and build a $150 computer first? You will get a first look at all the potential problems you will face on the full scale build. And you will be amazed how much your skill will grow in that short time.
Oddly you will find a surprising number of boards not listing 1600 RAM. I cannot remember if the board you are talking about is the very same one, but I had actually gone to Gigabytes site and asked whether a board that did not mention 1600 was compatible with it and they told me yes. I know others have noticed boards not mentioning it in the brief description but on the full compatibility table usually at the home website tells you the full list