What I want in a Motherboard:
-USB 3.0 (One or 2 is fine)
- At Least 2 SATA 6.0 slots. I need to install 2 SATA Harddrives. Both are 360 GB big. Their free, so why not?
- NVidia or AMD or anything, I don't care. As long as I can have two powerful graphics cards installed working simultaneously. For now, just one.
- DVI AND VGB Connections. The DVI is probably with the graphics card, but just incase :3
- 4 slots MINIMUM for RAM.
- i7 Support. Quad Core or better.
- at least 4 slots for usb. I can't stress this enough. (and any extra for the case )
What I want:
-Low price. (Remember, I only have 1k. I want to spend it towards whats on the inside, I can always change outside. I don't care about looks yet.)
-Good cooling. Duh.
- SILENT. BONUS POINTS IF ITS SILENT!
What I want:
- Can be mother firetruck-ing powerful.
- NO LAG ON GAMES PLOX. Like. Minecraft. PLEASE.
- Im not good with Graphic cards, but please. DVI support please. HDMI is a bonus, but DVI is a MUST. Maybe two ports? Dual screen would be lovely.
Most of the stuff you've posted so far is pretty good (HAF 912 is the best bang-for-buck case on the market right now) but you don't need a 2600K for your CPU in a gaming system. Drop that to the 2500K and invest the difference in getting a better GPU - the 6970 or the GTX 570. The EVGA 560TI 448 core model is a good choice as well and it performs about a low-level 570 would.
As far as the HD goes don't waste your money on Velociraptor HDs. They're expensive and overpriced vs. what a good, solid SSD and 1TB hard drive combo will get you. Go with a Crucial M4 and a Samsung Spinpoint - it's the same combination I use and it's blazing fast. You can't go wrong with that. But Spinpoints are hard to come by anymore as Samsung sold their HD division to Seagate so pretty much anything will work.
So. Wait. Would I be able to add a second 6970's later on?
What would be the difference between the 6970 and the 570?
The HDD's that I have are free. I rather spend my money on the other components then the harddrives for now. But, would my motherboard be able to support the SSD's?
Also, a little note. I'm buying it off of a store, I just need to know if the numbers and names go good together.
One last question, the 2500k, over-clockable, yes?
Yes the 2500K is an unlocked CPU. Which means that it can be overclocked.
If you can reuse any components like your HDs, definitely do so.
The main difference between the 6970 is that it's a Radeon card and runs AMD Eyefinity which means that you can run up to 3 monitors from one card. The 570 is an NVIDIA card and it has a technology called "CUDA" for faster rendering but I'm not entirely sure how that works.