quote geartrain440Performance wise, low voltage RAM makes no difference. The RAM in your previous build was slow (1333Mhz, poor timings) and of poor quality, the current RAM is good - see the low-voltage as being a bonus. If you wanna save money, you could get this stuff, which is a good brand, has the same timings (9-9-9-24) ans speed (1600MHz) but is not low voltage, and therefore is a few dollars cheaper.I've got all the parts updated in the first post, with links since I like everything in one place anyways.
I put some more money towards the CPU, mobo, and memory, since I plan to also do things other than gaming. i5-2400 is enough, overclocking is not in my plans.
Low voltage memory doesn't seem to have many benefits for the price, unless there's something I'm missing?
quote geartrain440Build is looking very good now. Reasonable Z68 boards are a lot more expensive, you should probably spend $125 plus if you want to get a comparable spec board on that chipset, so unless you are intent on OC'ing then I would stick with the current mobo.Okay, I updated my first post to reflect your recommendations.
I could re-use an DVD drive from an older PC, but there's nothing worth re-using beyond that.
I just found out that NCIX has a bunch of stores around my area, so I changed some things to buy locally and save on S&H. Now I've got a surplus of $100 - what should upgrade? If I upgrade to an i5, would my graphics card bottleneck?
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