Okay just want to ask if you know about SB if you have and have already considered it's impact on your build and still want to go ahead with it then listen to my suggestions below if you have not considered it read the article on the home page of Tom's Hardware about Sandy Bridge Preview okay that being said let's start:
Thanks Joel, a lot of great stuff here. I am curious as to why the Asus is a better board.
Also, how do I find the QVL for a motherboard?
I really appreciate all the great tips. You just saved me a nice amount of money.
Sorry about the slow reply just was a little busy okay first the Asus is about the same quality as the Gibabyte its just it has a different sent of marketing gimmicks and I like the set Asus has over Gigabytes it really doesn't matter though so you can just stick with what you got both should be good boards
See you found the QVL also that seems like a good budget keyboard
I would concider a Sandy Bridge with HD3000 graphics but I can't find them. I think I'll stick with the true and tested processors for now.
Also, not much of an overclocker, and have never been a fan of Biostar.
I also decided to get 8GB (4X2GB) of the G.Skill RAM
Just a question how long have you had that build? I don't mean to be rude but Biostar is lower quality then Asus and Gigabyte they have a higher failure rate and aren't built as well plus I'm not sure he really needs SLI/CFX
I don't know what games he plays but a 6950 will handle pretty much everything at max at 1080 heck a 6870 would do that but it won't be able to for as long as the 6950
I'm about to order this build in an hour or so. Thanks for saving me from myself again Joel. I'll look for the 2X4GB, and if I can't find it.
Also this isn't a gaming build. I just threw in the 5830 for a little bit of future-proofing.
I think the most intense video on this build will be watching HD movies.