Quote:Originally Posted by renethx
Then you should go with Wn 8. This is perhaps the biggest factor of snappiness, second to SSD. You don't have to wait for 8.1, it's just a free service pack to 8. StartIsBack ($3) of Start8 ($5) is almost a must, however. Overall it (8 Pro $140, MC Pack $10, StartIsBack $3 = $153) is $53 pricier than Windows 7 (Home Premium 64-bit OEM, $100). So you may stay with Win 7 if $53 difference matters.
Intel iGPU supports only Limited Range RGB over HDMI. But this does not matter in most cases including displaying pictures (somebody mentioned a problem in playing PC games with comic graphic, this post
, however). Just make sure your plasma is set to Limited Range RGB.
Basically GTS 450 adds nothing to Intel iGPU in PQ, it just consumes lots of powers.
Ordered all of the components today:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
Wn 8 Pro
I thought that the Asus Z87M-PLUS was closer to what I was looking for than the ASRock Z87M Extreme4. The Asus might be little more energy efficient with it's "away" feature and I wasn't going to need all the PCIeX16 slots. Overall, I think I'll wind up with a system that is energy efficient and that has enough computing power to be able to handle anything you can throw at it for the next 5 or 6 years. I really hope it's super stable so I can leave it on to record for at least a week at a time without a reboot and that it sleeps like a baby. I'm glad to lose the energy hog video card too. I've read lot of sleep problems can be traced to the video card.
I really appreciate all your help and it's good to know that the AVS forums are alive and well.