Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks
Budget Range: <$900 After Rebates or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Lightroom, internet, light video editing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Would like to make sure the parts are compatible and whether I should go with 16gb of ram over 8gb. I am at 858.90 with the OS after $30 in rebates but any suggestion to reduce the cost would be welcome.
Something can go wrong anywhere on a motherboard, if it does the motherboard can fail. The larger motherboards tend to have more parts that can fail and more physical space where something can fail so having a micro board isn't a bad idea if that is all you need.
If it isn't there it can't be broken and if its not broken the motherboard can't fail because it broke.
Hard Drives - Honestly, you probably won't even notice. If it makes you feel better, cooler, more awesome then go ahead and spend the extra $20, otherwise don't worry about it.
Kinda like how the iPhone is worse than every similar phone but it makes people feel better, cooler, or more awesome and they pay $100+ more for it.
- Edit - No, its actually not like that. There is a provable gain with the larger cache. There is no provable gain with the iPhone. But its kinda sorta like that.
Raiddin - I will swap the MB's - I missed that the one I had was a micro ATX.
farsuka - the Samsung HDD is cheaper but it is SATA 3 with a 32mb cache where the WD is SATA 6 and 64mb cache is it worth the $20 savings?
It won't be a huge difference, but it will certainly be faster as more and more data gets written on the drive. Basically you may not notice at first, but later on you might. Both are good drives though.
I'd only go micro if your on a budget/cheap or have a small case. Both sizes have a chance to "fail". The size does not change these percentages, but the build qaulity does.
I wouldn't suggest people get 2x 8GBs RAM, because those things have quite high rates of not working when you plug them in. Unlike 2x 4GB or 4x 4GB, sometimes sticks are just not recognized at all purely because they are 8 GBs. This problem never exists with 4GB sticks on remotely current motherboards.
For the same reason I don't suggest people buy 2x 16GB sticks, because those are even less likely to be recognized.
People shouldn't need 4x 8GB to do video editing anyway. Everyone I have heard that was doing video/graphics/audio editing was fine with 16 GBs in total.