So, finally this is what I'm getting. Any advice or what I can expect?

Hiya ladies and gents! :)

I finally decided on these parts. I have a case, older video card, sound card and optical (not blu-ray) and hard drives already. I'm getting a motherboard, cpu, cooler and memory. Other things like windows 7 and good video card will come a bit later. Please offer any suggestions on anything or what you think I can expect from this.

Cooler (Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G392ZI/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?tag=vglnk-c1001-20

CPU (i5 3750k): http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339490320&sr=1-1

Motherboard (GA-Z77X-UD3H): http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Motherboard-GA-Z77X-UD3H/dp/B007R21JJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339490428&sr=1-1

Memory (Corsair 8 GB Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz): http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz-PC3-12800/dp/B0058J1Q7O/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339490558&sr=1-2

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Later I will be adding 8 more gigs of memory after I upgrade to Windows 7 64bit, a better video card, and maybe an SSD to put the OS on for quicker boot and such.


Thank you for your valuable time! :)
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  1. When you say "older video/sound cards", you are aware that that motherboard has only one PCI slot?
  2. sir_shanahan said:
    When you say "older video/sound cards", you are aware that that motherboard has only one PCI slot?


    Yes. Only my sound card is PCI. The video is a PCIx card. I do wish it had more slots for PCI, but I couldn't think of anything I would need more for really, and I wasn't willing to pay more for a motherboard just for another PCI slot.

    Anyway it's already purchased. Didn't seem like I was going to get any response on my thread since so many have similar ones, so I pulled the trigger. But I think everything is compatible.
  3. I'd ask why you need to add your sound card at all. Even the cheap motherboards these days usually have onboard Realtek support for surround sound. I mean, if you're a huge audiophile maybe you can make use of it, but honestly I think unless you're buying $100+ dollar speakers, I'd just chuck the sound card in the garbage. But yes everything is compatible.
  4. nekulturny said:
    I'd ask why you need to add your sound card at all. Even the cheap motherboards these days usually have onboard Realtek support for surround sound. I mean, if you're a huge audiophile maybe you can make use of it, but honestly I think unless you're buying $100+ dollar speakers, I'd just chuck the sound card in the garbage. But yes everything is compatible.


    Yes I am considering that, along with the video as well. i will give it a listen before adding my sound card. But I am pretty particular about how my music sounds. But I would certainly like to have as few cards blocking air flow as possible.

    Thanks for replying! :)
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