After using my trusty Athlon 2500 XP Barton build for the last 6+ years, I'm finally building a new system in the next few weeks. I plan on building an i5 system for $1000 or less, mainly for flight simming, number crunching (I'm an Engineer) and some first person shooters (nothing too hardcore). Here's what I have in mind:
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 or MSI P55-GD65
CPU: Intel i5-750
Video: ATI 5750 or 5770 (not sure which yet)
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W
DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
Case: Antec 300
OS: Windows 7 Family 3-Pack (plan on 64 bit install)
Total on Newegg as of today, $973 (hoping for some deals on Black Friday weekend...)
1. The plan is for some mild/moderate overclocking to 3.2-3.3 Ghz, nothing crazy. Suggestions on a CPU heatsink/fan for the LGA 1156 board?
2. I did not do much research in the memory, but this set is on Gigabyte's list of tested memory....any thoughts on other memory?
3. I don't plan on CF/SLI, so I like the idea of the Gigabyte P55A-UD3 for the USB 3.0 and 6GB/s SATA for future use (SSD upgrade some day?). Too early to jump on this technology implementation (I do plan on using this system for 3-4 years)?
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated...