First I held off until Sandy Bridge came out, then I waited for Z68. The time has come. Way overdue.
Mainly for intense financial modeling with occasional gaming and very occasional trans coding. Planning on light to moderate OC'ing. Thoughts?
I wouldn't bother with the caching drive since you are using a ssd as a primary. (unless you plan on constantly hitting data on your platter-drive)
Your workload sounds pretty conducive to hyper threading,(but I could be wrong on this.) so I might consider the 2600+
I saw that one good review, but like I said, I'm open to alternatives to the H2. Regarding cases, I'm partial to minimalist designs and am looking for front panel USB 3.0 and good overall build and cooling ergonomics.
I really like the design but no USB 3.0 on the front panel, plus it's a full tower - even if on the smaller end of that scale. One other sentence from the review gave me pause: "The Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution is one of those rare cases that made us wonder how to approach the installation process. Being very unorthodox in design makes everything seem quite unfamiliar, even for those that have built countless computers." And I definitely have NOT built countless computers...
cmadrid, the Overclock 3D review is pretty much a rave. Hard to resist, even if I haven't built countless computers.
It's going to be a hard choice between the Silverstone Raven 2 and the Corsair Obsidian 650D!
i dont think z68's are that great get a asrock p67 extreme4 since you wont see any improvement on booting up if you use ur ssd for caching. and i think hard drive are fast enough it is just the very slow boot up process that needs to be sped up. also you didnt state the price for that cpu cooler. i would go with the hyper 212 plus from newegg for 29.51$