Hey guys I am working on getting a new system build set up. I think I have everything I need but I would love some feedback and suggestions. My budget is as close to $900 as possible and right now I'm at $891 so price wise I am good. The PC will, of course, be for gaming but not only gaming. While the video card is important, it's not the most important part of the PC so I don't need a high end card. I don't plan on overclocking so the stock i5 heatsink should be ok right? I will do doing web development on the system so a lot of memory is needed for running virtual machines and multiple programs simultaneously. I was going to go with 12GB of ram but 16GB was just a few more dollars so why not. As for the motherboard, I have an Apple Cinema Display, so I have to have a motherboard with either a mini display port or thunderbolt port. My only concern has to do with the size of my case:
1. Will my motherboard fit in the mid tower case?
2. If I upgrade video cards later and have to get a full sized card, will it fit in the case?
You can get an h77 mobo if you are getting an i5-3570. The z is for overclocking, and since you don't have the k you don't need it. You can get normal RAM, not LP, if you want since you don't have a big heatsink. The scorpio is a 2.5" Laptop hdd. Get a caviar blue 500 GB. It's about the same price. Do not get anything Coolmax ever. Get a 500W Corsair.
Any card should fit in there fine. The stock heatsink will be fine.
Hey thanks for the info. I didn't see an h77 mobo on newegg with a thunderbolt port so I guess I will stick with the original mobo. Also, it looks like the LP RAM is close to the same price as the non LP so sticking with the original RAM shouldn't matter right? I did switch out the HD with a caviar blue 500 GB and I also switched out the Coolmax power supply with the recommended 500W Corsair.