Just wondered about the SATA III and SATA II compatibility. Will a SATA III HDD work with a mobo that supports SATA II? Should I try and find a mobo that has SATA III capability and would it offer any significant advantages?
I am also slightly concerned that if i receive a defective part, it will be difficult to determine which part isn't working, as I don't have another desktop computer to test it on. Are there any pieces of software or methods for assessing whether a part is working correctly? Also should I install any other pieces of software for monitoring temperature and other things that I should be aware of?
If you want to you can "break in" your new system with 3DMark, Unigine Heaven, Prime95, LinX, Memtest and that sort of stuff. Simply put though if you can install the OS and start using it, everything's fine.
While I can agree on the general idea of getting a cheap SSD (cheapest is £65 for 120GB but only SATA II), a 500GB HDD would be a much better investment for a media/games PC as you'll quickly fill 120GB and as you fill them they lose performance. The money would be better spent elsewhere.