System Usage from Most to Least Important: Normal daily tasks, gaming, media enjoyment, video encoding
Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor, psu, hsf, optical drive, os
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com
Parts Preferences: Sandy Bridge (but flexible)
Overclocking: Yes, after the new-car smell goes away.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, after frustration sets in.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200
Additional Comments: prefer old-fashioned BIOS (no uefi, please), no integrated video, Linux friendly but will install Win7 64bit initially and dual boot.
Happy New Year to all of you. Been buying parts piece-at-a-time for the past few months for my new build, but now getting a migraine from comparing motherboard reviews. I'm leaning towards p67 chipset boards because I plan to do a modest OC, but don't need integrated video. Also leaning towards Gigabyte because they use old-fashioned BIOS (I don't want a EFI partition on the HDD). Also considering lower-end boards of other brands which use normal BIOS.
Planning to get i5 2500K, nvidia gtx 570 or 560 ti. Crucial 120 gb ssd. WD 500 gb storage HDD.
Already have: CM Hyper 212 plus cpu cooler. Corsair GS 700 psu. Samsung 222 DVD burner. CoolerMaster Elite 310 case (willing to consider better case).
Please steer me towards a fantastic motherboard without mandatory uefi or intel graphics integrated... and will work out of the box without flashing the BIOS first.
I bought the 310 Elite case to use for a htpc build, but have since decided instead to build a modest gaming rig that will dazzle my adult children and grandchildren... they will be using it sometimes. Colorful fans and side window on the case are a plus. Want good airflow... enough for OC'ing to maybe 4.2 at the most. Toolless drive bays would be great, but cost less than $80, reasonably quiet. Mid atx, but large enough for the Hyper 212 cooler. In the future I might add a bluray drive, card reader and custom fan controller, tv tuner, bluetooth card and wireless card.
The gtx 560ti was my first choice for graphics, but it seems some people are having driver problems with the overclocked versions. That made me start thinking of the 570 instead. I could save some money if I used two HD5770's in crossfire because I already have one that can be salvaged from my current PC, but I get the impression that such a setup is now old news.