I am an incremental upgrader--so this is only a partial rebuild. It is, however, my first time starting from scratch with CPU/Mobo -- until now I have been upgrading prebuilts.
I think I have a pretty good idea of what I need, but would welcome any feedback/advice in addition to my questions.
Thanks in advance!
Approximate Purchase Date: Probably as soon as the Asus P67 PRO is reactivated on Newegg. Budget Range: Flexible--willing to pay for measurable increase in quality. System Usage: CPU intensive gaming(mostly starcraft II, civ 5), home media manager, something to brag about, etc. Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/microcenter (USA-VA) Parts Preferences: see below Overclocking: Maybe--but not right away. Crossfire: Maybe dual 5770s (i already have one) Monitor Resolution: currently a crappy 1440x990 and a 720p TV but will upgrade 3-4 months after mobo.
Additional Comments: My priorities are 1) reliability/quality 2) longevity for upgrading. I would rather buy very good parts one at a time than go cheaper and get it all now.
Reasons I chose this: 1) the many Asus-specific features that will help a relatively inexperienced overclocker (as outlined in the very good review by Anand) 2) I liked the ability to crossfire and still have a PCIe x16 2.0 for an SSD or other card. 3) Also .. as silly as it is -- having bluetooth motherboard control from my iphone seems really cool. If it doesn't come available I may have to bump to a different model. Advice is welcome on this point.
Plans for my next upgrade: I know i need these items to balance the system, but would rather spread the expense (and excitement) out a little bit. I'll buy these over the next 6mo as I see good sales.
-1900x1080 or larger LED monitor
-A second 5770 for Xfire (if they get cheap enough)
-SSD boot drive
Thanks again for any feedback.
p.s. I spent time writing all this out, please only respond if you have taken the time to read my info.
All the 1155 boards were recalled a month after they hit the market. They are now finally starting to get back on the shelves...slowly but surely.
That memory you have up there will do just fine. Low voltage memory (1.5v or even less) is what's recommended for these boards. All the 1155 boards should be back out on the market within the next two weeks.