1) I really like this mobo because of the added in wi-fi. My system will not be near a router so I will have to use wi-fi anyway.
2) My system will be constantly running/analyzing HD videos when I am not using it for gaming. With that said, my PSU still might be overkill... but I am still kind of confused on how much leeway room I should give my system.
3) I am also considering buying a UPS since I will be remotely accessing my system everyday and want a backup in case there is a power outage. I am unsure how much power my system will need but am looking at an APC 1000VA 600W UPS for $150 from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That looks really good - the only thing I would change would be your SSD - OCZ doesn't exactly have the best reputation on the market. Pay a bit more and get a Crucial M4, Samsung 830 or Plextor PX-M3.
The UPS is definitely a good idea but you shouldn't include that in your system budget - you can always get that after you get your build up and running.
Why_me, thanks for addressing the RAM clearance issue. I've read that the CM EVO can cause clearance problems. If the GSkill Ares are going to fit, then I will go with those.
The 500R case looks nice. My main requirements are a case with removable dust filters and one that would fit the CM EVO. The 500R comes with two front fans, a rear fan, and a side fan. Would you recommend I buy at least one exhaust fan for the top also?
And your PSU and SSD recommendations look good also.
Thanks for your input again g-unit111! Yeah I figured there was a reason the OCZ is so cheap in price. I look into getting a Crucial M4 128GB for $125 at newegg.
It's mainly due to the Sandforce controller - anything that is Sandforce based (and I have one so I'm speaking from experience) is more likely to give you issues and errors than any Marvell-based drive like the Crucial M4, Plextor PX-M3, or Samsung 830 would.
I see. I read up some more on Sandforce vs Marvell, and its no surprise there are mixed reviews on both. But it looks like I will stick with the Crucial M4, since I have seen a lot of good reviews for it and its cheap.
I know you've said the OS is not a requirement, but I'd suggest going with at least Windows 7 Professional which gives you access to the fantastic Remote Desktop support that Windows has. I haven't seen any remote access solution with better performance in my experience.
Looks pretty good. Other than what others have said the only think I would add is to consider moving up to a SB-E platform as Matlab will eat up the extra cores, plus there is added space for more ram on most SB-E boards. But at the same time IB has some great features and I am sure it would do just fine.
I was debating IB vs a 6 core SB-E. Based on tom's hardware review using matlab of the i7 3960X SB-E http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-e-effi...
the margins aren't high enough for me to spend almost 3 times as much money. Even though they do not review the i7 3930k SB-E; based on the benchmarks of the 3960X I personally cannot justify to spend $500 on the 3930k, which is also going to drive up my electricity bill. Thanks for the suggestion though.