Yo. I'm in the process of building my first computer. This is what I have so far.
Case NZXT Phantom Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - M LGA 1155
CPU Core i3 i3-2130(Q0 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
RAM 4 x 4gb DDR3 1600 Kingston
Power Supply Ultra LSP750 750-Watt
Cooling Kit Thermaltake CLW0211 BigWater 760 Plus Liquid Cooling Kit
HDD 2 X Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gbps 3.5
Graphic Card MSI Video Ge Force GTX430 1024MB DDR3 PCI-e/Express Video Card
OS Windows 7 HP
I am wondering if there is anything I can do to reduce cost with no loss to performance? Also is there anything I am missing? I chose the i3-2130 for now, because this Motherboard can accept the i7. So I figured I would be ok with the i3 and eventually upgrade to the i7. Also, I was wondering if there might be a Motherboard with the exact same specs as this one, but with 3 PCI slots instead of 2. A brief search led me to the AsRock H77 Pro4/MVP. However, there is a cost difference, with the AsRock Z77 being higher, so that compels me to believe that it is better?
Well, going for the 2120 was good advice, but sadly I already bought the 2130. Although, I just looked up the price and it turns out I got a very good deal on the 2130. In fact I got it new and cheaper than its 2120 cousin.
The motherboard Z77 is also good advice, and I think I am gonna go with the
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB, for around $220. It was a close race between that one and the ECS Golden Z77H2-A2X, but the Gigabyte won me over.
I am glad that you mentioned that the $70 PS was unnecessary. I already have the NZXT Phantom full tower, so I guess Ill keep it, lol. A lot of people keep telling me to throw out the cooler, so I guess Ill do that as well.
As for the HDD. I have lots of IDE HDDs around and thought it would be a shame to be required by this motherboard to have a SATA, when I have a 500gb IDE HDD.
But, I found an IDE to SATA adapter that I can use. Your thoughts on that? Also Ive been having thoughts about using Linux instead of Windows 7.
#1 Windows 7 is over priced for only being able to install on one computer.
#2 LinuxMint is free and I hear a lot of good things about it.
Your thoughts on that?
And sorry for the double post, my browser crashed in the process of posting it and did not think it took so I re-posted.
I am a little confused about your comments on Linux. Lets says that I will play games. In that case should I avoid Linux? If yes, why? Whats wrong with Linux? Also, do you not think that the Z77 is a good motherboard?