Originally Posted by Baku
isnt the 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 a bit over? how about 6 gigs at 1333.
whats wrong with the asus mobo? can u give me reasons why you would change out the one i chose?
u left out: optical drive, processor cooler, operating system (vista ultimate 64 bit)
Not sure what you are talking about with the RAM. 1600MHz is the speed to have right now. It scales well with raised FSBs of the i7. When you have more money, simply add a few more sticks of ram. It is a bad idea to save money by downsizing on speed. 1333MHz ram is quickly becoming dated.
The EVGA mobo is much better for overclocking. Most enthusiasts stick faithfully to EVGA motherboards. They have a great reputation, their RMA service is wonderful and they make high quality products.
The optical drive... I'm pretty sure you can make that decision on your own. Same with your OS.
You don't need an after-market cooler if you aren't planing on doing very serious overclocking. If you are, then there is a plethora of them.
The best ones currently out are these:
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
Noctua NH-U12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
Prolimatech Megahalem for Intel Socket 775 / 1366
Thermalright True Black Edition