Approximate Purchase Date: within next two weeks (max. one month)
Budget Range: $700-1000 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online streaming videos (Netflix, hulu), surfing the internet/email, Android programming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (already have these); will buy speakers at later time (surround sound)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg
Country of Origin: USA (CA)
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: First-timer, building computer for my living room. I just want to replace my old college laptop with something better (just finished college and started earning cash...). I don't need to carry it around with me anymore, so I wanted to buy something I can play/learn with and reuse parts in the future.
Priorities for the system:
1) Quality/Stable, needs to last me at least 4 years
2) Power efficient
Do you want to have USB 3 ports at the front of your case? If yes, you have a problem with the current MB and case selections, as none of them have provisions for that.
That isn't a deal breaker for me, but it would be nice to have...
Fractal Design will be coming out with an upgrade kit, and new cases will have USB 3.0, although I didn't want to wait until end of September... reference
Any suggestions on alternate MBs?
you do know Lion will be a pain to install, because its made to install only on macs, never-the-less if you buy that processor with an ATI/AMD graphics card it should make the job MUCH easier.
ps3hacker12, that mobo doesn't seems to have USB 3.0...?
i had a look around, and there doesn't seem to have almost any mobos with USB 3.0 for front-panel...
anyways, like I said before, that isn't a big deal for me... I can always run a cable through to the back somehow...
so I think I'll stick with one of the two above, unless anyone has other suggestions...
I did want to get people's opinions on the two mobos above, do you all think Intel one won't be as reliable as the Asus?
i.e. won't last as long?