Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail 199.99
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail 159.99
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail 174.99
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail 89.99
*he suggested this cpu cooler 'cuz he says usually the stock cpu cooler is pretty crappy. is this true?
BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 174.99
*he recommended this one because this one has very low ambient temperature. but i'm not sure if i should go for an asus or asrock motherboard or the biostar? what do you guys think of this one? or could anyone recommend a superior motherboard? but around the same price.
some motherboard comparisons:
since i will be buying a relatively new motherboard, my old ddr2 memory wont be supported, so he recommended me these ddr3:
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1339 - Retail - 54.99
are 2 gigs enough? also it seems kind of a waste to have 1 gig of ram taking up one memory slot on the motherboard. seems wasteful if i do decide to upgrade to more ram
as for the hard drive, he actually recommended me this solid state drive:
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail - 214.99
*but the price for ssd are still pretty high, so i'm not too sure about this. However, i do want a smaller storage space but FAST hard drive so that i can use it for my main drive where my OS will be located. do i just go for a regular HDD (platters) with high rpm? is rpm the only thing to look for when looking for a fast drive? if so, could someone recommend a smaller, but extremely fast hd? one that is very reliable as well.
and maybe a good deal on some good BIG hard drivs (doesnt have to be fast) for storage? (internal)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM 9.99
as for the power supply, i have the Enermax Liberty 500w from my old system:
is 500w enough for this better system i'm trying to build? i will also be having many hard drives in the system, as well as 2 external hard drives as well.
let me know what you guys think! your comments/recommendations will be greatly appreciated.