1500.0GB Western Digital Green SATA2 UDMA 300 64m cache
LG 24x SATA DVD Recorder +R/RW -R/RW
On Board (LAN)
I'm not sure about this yet. I don't want to spend too much money here. I want an aesthetic one, but I also want one that serves cooling purposes.
The wattage amounts actually confuse me. A friend of mine said a 700 Watt should do, but I could use some advice here.
Windows 7 Home Premium
Is there anything on this list that isn't necessary for performance?
Is there anything that would increase performance substantially if I upgraded price effectively?
What should I do about an affordable, functional and/or aesthetic case?
What should my power supply be?
Drop down to an i5 2500k for gaming.. you wont get the extra $100 worth from the 2600k for gaming. Are you going to use more than 1 monitor? If not consider going down to a 560ti or 6950 GPU. Use the money saved this way to get a SSD. Get a 60-120gb ssd (unless you have plenty of $ for a bigger one) for your OS and some games.
As for the case and PSU. If you aren't going to use more than 1 card I'd go with a Corsair HX 650 or AX 750. I highly reccomend the Raven rv02-e case. They just did a case review on tom's, and its listed in it if you want a little info
Already happy I posted here, I didn't know the 2500k and the 2600k performed the same in gaming. I vaguely remember looking at a pair of i7s and not understanding the difference tech wise, but I've honestly looked at so many processors, I don't remember if it was that couple.
You updated your first post while I was typing my first post!
Be sure you get a p67 motherboard, not an H67. You cant really overclock on h67. The ASUS p8p67 pro or the ASRock extreme 4 are both pretty good.. I think I would go with the asrock mobo myself, but some are put off by their shorter warranty
Looking at your motherboard pick I would like to make a suggestion. As for gaming P67 is the way to go and I would suggest getting a full size motherboard over a microatx motherboard. I would recommend the ASRock Extrem 4 instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if that doesnt fit the budget let me know
the 2600k has hyper-threading.. thats the biggest difference. Great for rendering/encoding etc, not so huge for gaming. More of a workstation functionality
I see, thats awesome that I can get the same performance processor-wise and maybe do some upgrades elsewhere. Any more suggestions for some more punch performance-wise? I've looked into the solid state drives, and now I think i'll do that with the extra money.
Is there another significant use of SSDs besides putting my OS on it?