Also if anybody wants to add on anything feel free. Still in the planning stage so changes are more than welcome.
I've read good reviews and I have not had a problem with the i5 in my current desktop or the i7 in my laptop. Pretty set on this processor unless a good reason comes up not to go with it.
Would like to stick with an Intel board unless there is a very convincing reason to change.
Would like to easily be able to run games on the highest settings.
I'm pretty lost on this part. I believe this is good enough but please correct me if I'm wrong on that statement. Somebody suggested I might need as high as a 750W PSU.
Don't really see an issue here. Not a critical part of this build. As long as it can burn and read it's fine.
Solid State Drive:
I wanted a SSD to facilitate faster startup times. I have really enjoyed having SSD on my current laptop. Though I'm also unsure if this is a good choice or not. the reviews seem favorable on this site and others.
Obviously I want a normal HDD for less critical programs and storage. The 120GB on the SSD will not be enough storage.
Here is another part where I have some significant questions. The processor and mobo I have selected both say I need RAM that is either 1066 or 1333mhz but this is 1600. I've read that this is fine but it will default to 1333 unless I change it in BIOS. Will this shorten the life of any component in the machine? Also, I had originally picked RAM that was 1.65v but read that I wanted something that was 1.5v. Does the higher voltage pose a legit threat to the other components/does the higher voltage give significant benefits?
Edited by kmlweather, 21 May 2012 - 08:54 AM.