Q #1: Since we don't plan to overclock is the aftermarket cooler really necessary? I know the IB processors run a little on the hotter side. Will the stock cut it or should we play it safe and get the CM Evo?
Q #2: The mobo and the memory are they compatible in terms of the correct voltage. I don't want to mess around in the voltages, I want to plug it in and have it work.
If you have any input or like to switch out parts please do so. But here are my preferences.
Processor: Strictly Intel.
SSD: Preferably Intel, I like the 520 series it performs really well and has a nice 5 year warranty
Graphics Card: AMD/NVIDEA < Nvidea I've never used them, been an ati/amd guy all of my life. As you can see the price of my card listed above, we aren't looking to break the bank with the GC.
And one more thing some of you may think that the parts i picked out are overkill for the needs. It's more of a futureproof idea as my grandpa likes to call it
i never saw the use of a 64gb SSD when you can add 20 bucks and get almost double the storage. if you cant afford a SSD, you can always pick up a cheap 30gb SSD and use it as a cache for the hard drive using intel SRT
Ok so enough about the SSD, what about the memory and the mobo voltages will they work together? And is the CM hyper 212 evo good if there's no overclocking and light gaming ( like once or twice a week for an hour or less)