This is my first ever attempt at building a desktop, and I know very little about it.
My uses for it will include schoolwork, sound and MIDI/video editing, possibliy 3D modeling, and some gaming.
I had a motherboard picked out, but I decided that I might want one that's still decent, but a little less expensive.
(originally I had an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme -Z - LGA 1155 - Z68 - ATX Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 Motherboard)
**Note** Looking through the articles, I found these:
ASRock Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 2133 LGA 1156 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard GA-Z68XP-UD5
They sound like they would be compatible, and they're cheaper than the first...
Any help with finding a different one would be appreciated. The other components of my theoretical computer are listed below: (I apologize for any unecessary garble in the titles...I'm not sure what's important
Also, what wattage would I need for a power supply? I have a 460W one picked out.
And, as a possibly extraneous detail, (possibly not for temperature reasons) I'm sticking all of this in an old Dell Inspiron shell, which might mean I need a pretty heavy duty fan. Any advice towards that?
All motherboards with a particular chip set , in your case the Z68 , will perform identically.
The price difference is explained by added features . Work out what those are and dont pay for things you dont need .
The power supply will need to be around 650 - 750 watts for long life and stability