System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, videos
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Brand new system
Do you need to buy OS: Will be buying OEM Windows 7 Home
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, but just discovered NCIX.com and am now comparison shopping
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: dual 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Hi everyone. I'm considering building a new system and I have my components selected. I built my first system back in 2005 but I haven't done anything since then. So I wouldn't mind have my list double-checked for compatibility issues. Also, I like see-through cases with LED lights
On the Newegg feedback for my motherboard I read a lot of people talking about the poor placement of the SATA ports. Specifically, SATA 1 and 2 are directly behind the PCI-express port and that a particular long video card could present a problem. However when I look at a picture of the board, all SATA ports are below and behind where I would install the video card. The video card I'm buying is almost as long as the motherboard is front to back (6.69" vs. 6.81", respectively). Further, the card only comes out 4.4" and my case has almost double the width. So shouldn't my SATA cables be able to fit around the video card?
Another commenter suggested going with a B75 chipset to still stay within a budget but get some more expansion room on my board. So I found this one: MSI B75MA-E33 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
As far as I can tell the SATA ports are still in the same place relative to the PCIe slots. My question is do I really need the extra USB 3.0 ports and the extra PCI slot this board offers compared to the one I have selected above? Like I said most of what I'll be doing is playing Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim on this.
Now for some more "noob" type questions:
I seem to remember that two devices can go on one SATA port, is that correct? So I could hook a DVD Burner and HDD on the same SATA connector, one as master the other as slave, correct?
Also I noticed the rear ports of either motherboard doesn't exactly match up with the rear I/O panel provided with my selected case. Do motherboards usually come with a I/O panel that I can install on the case to match up precisely with its ports?
Thank you all for your time. I know this is rather long but I want to make sure I do this right. For my American readers, in Canada, online ordering isn't as great. Shipping is more. We ALWAYS have to pay taxes. So doing a RMA would be much more costly if I end up buying the wrong part.
Er... I'll answer what I can.
I would consider the difference in CPU speed more important than RAM speed.
If you look at the extra pictures, your motherboard does come with an I/O shield.
As for the USB 3.0 and PCI... well, do you think you'll use them? Much more importantly: the H61M-P31 doesn't have a SATA III (6GB/sec) port.