Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic
I recently built an i-2500 with the H67A Gigabyte board that is a first cousin to yours.
The Gigabyte BIOS will probably ask you if you want to use AHCI controllers early in the installation. Opinions are mixed on it, but most say to choose AHCI. I did and have no issues.
I'd advise you to avoid all the Gigabyte software on the supplied disc. It's mostly for overclocking and said to be buggy.
Get all of the latest drivers from Gigabyte website direct. They are likely newer than on any disc you will get with the board.
Install the Intel Chipset INF file immediately after Windows and before any other drivers.
Your setup will be pretty easy on power, depending on your graphics card. I use only 80 watts at idle and 165 at full load. I don't use a graphics card at all.
Not sure what the standard fan setup is on the Sonata case. You might end up replacing some fans? Did you reject the Antec Solo for any particular reason? It's the quietest Antec case out there.
You may or may not be satisfied with the standard Intel cooler. It's fine for stock clocks or mild overclocking. It has a particular high pitched noise that might bother you. I just ordered a Scythe Big Shuriken heatsink to replace it and will swap when I get my replacement motherboard (due to the chipset recall issue) in a week or two. The Shuriken has a big slow fan that is effectively inaudible.
You probably won't notice the speed advantage of the new system under most circumstances if your prior PC is only a few years old.
Unless you have an unusual situation, you may not use more than 4 GB of RAM. I considered 8, but chose 4 and don't regret it.
My system specs are similar to your old PC. CPU
2.4 Ghz Intel Core2 Motherboard
Intel DG965RY Memory
I could go with the Intel i5-2500 instaed of the "K" & save $20.
I though 8Gb of RAM @ $100-130 wasn't bad & I do video editing which could us it.
I have an ATI-GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI graphic card.
I do want quiet & Antec specs both as quiet http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTk
= with Solo as better. I'll check out the Solo & Scythe Big Shuriken. I like quiet PCs.