Originally Posted by Quadricwan
I believe, until the new 1TB/platter drives are released, that the current generation of Western Digital Blue drives are actually faster than the current WD black drives
. Combined with them being cheaper/quieter, that's a thing worth looking into.
I wouldn't get the GTX760 purely on the ground of wanting to take advantage of Nvidia's lightboost technology, if only because a single 760 is going to have a hard time pushing the required frames (100-120fps) in newer games anyway. If you're deadset on going Nvidia, sure, it's a good card, but it's certainly not as powerful as an equivalently priced AMD card (at least until the proposed Nvidia price cuts start showing up).
If this is a purely gaming pc, just go with 2x4gb ram sticks. You will never, NEVER, use 16gb gaming. Honestly, you'll never use 8. The mobo is great, but you could definitely save quite a few dimes finding a cheaper one
, as that one is super pricey, and if you're using an air cooler, you probably aren't going to be able to take advantage of it's superior overclocking potential.
Blue's are currently faster than Blacks AND are quieter by a decent margin. Only get Blacks for the warranty really at this point until they update them to a single platter.
Next gen games will be built on 64 bit platform so I wouldn't say never. The newest AAA titles recommended system requirements have jumped drastically from the norm a year ago even. My system consumes 5gb of ram even before starting any games so 8gb is absolutely the minimum I'd ever suggest. Prices are high now so starting at 8gb like you intend may be a good idea.
Also, unless you are displaying the mobo in a window or something I agree that it's going to be under utilized unless you are doing some high overclocking.
Originally Posted by xGiggles
Alright, thanks guys. I'll switch to 2 4GB sticks for RAM, I'm just going to keep the GTX 760, and as for the SSD I read that at the 128GB (I'm not going to go any higher in terms of storage) level, the Pro is worth it due to the much better 4K Random Write speed.
Edit: Oh, and I'm still looking into whether or not I should get a WD Blue or Black.
Two sticks are better than one for sure so if you only ever want to have 8gb go that route. If you intend to run lightboost a 760 is NOT going to give you the framerates you are wanting and since you are on ITX you have to look at single cards so you may want to think about finding a card with a bit more horsepower and vram so you are not upgrading in a few months because it's not meeting expectations.Edited by benben84 - 10/9/13 at 8:36am