1. I do not want or need a sandy bridge. I want to get that out of the way asap, because I know the value of it. I also know that you really need to go to the 2600k to get the most dramatic increase and that is $200 plus I do not want to spend. This build is under $1,000. I just need to make sure that all the parts I got work perfectly together. I will be buying another PC in 2 years, and this is my nice stopgap between that time. Also, I am not a gamer, this is an audio recording PC. (not video)
CD/DVD - LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Case- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
C: - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
D: - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Wireless - TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter
Graphics Card - GIGABYTE GV-R455D3-512I Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
PSU - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Thanks! By imbalances, did you mean what you listed? Because that all makes sense to me.
For audio, the amount of RAM I am getting is a lot more then what I have had, and the computer worked great..for 7 years. This will be a big upgrade for me. For video, yes, I am sure I would need more for a lot of speed.
The drives I picked up are great for Audio. Real silent. It is either them or the Caviar Blacks in the audio world. And the gigabyte board is the only one that plays nice with my audio interface. So basically some of these decisions were option less.