Originally Posted by jrock18
First build starting soon. The items I purchased so far:
i3-2100 (weekend sale on newegg for $109.99...couldn't beat that!)
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 z68
G.Skill 8gb (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws......I know, overkill
Antec Greenwatts 380 watt
Corsair Force 60gb SSD
I still need to find a good deal on a 2tb internal drive and a blu-ray writer for the optical drive. Looking for feedback/opinons/suggestions on some.
Also, do most buy Win 7 OEM or the retail? Why would I buy the retail if I understand and can end user support Windows myself?
IMO, good choice on the core components. If any quibbles it would be on the CPU as the 2105 has better on die grafics. If you don't expect to go 3D, may not be an issue. DO NOT FRET over that decision. (see posts on Ivy Bridge)
BTW, I have almost the same build- solid as a rock.
Ask yourself "Do I REALLY need a BR writer?" I just snagged a Asus BR reader for $50 shipped from the egg using the promo code. Most backups can be done either on an external hard drive or a netword device of some type (good use for an old computer).
As for the spinner, you're probably aware of the price spike since the flood. That said, WD or Sammy have been favorites in the 2T range. Some have pullled them out of external drive casings. You COULD just run an external drive using Esata, or look for a smaller SATA III drive for now, until prices become reasonable again.
I have used several Win 7 OEM. They are a good choice, with the only problem being that you can't move it to another build if you totally hose the one you're doing.