Scrooge - my previous builds have all been based around mid-range gaming machines, although I don’t have the time for gaming at the moment, but it would be good to have the flexibility to add a dedicated mid-range GPU should my circumstances change in the future. Really appreciated your informative comments on my CPU and RAM choices. I had actually ordered 4x4GB of Crucial (Ballistix Sport) memory yesterday, but phoned up to change this to 2x8GB this morning. Interestingly the 1.5V normal height RAM was the same price as the 1.35V low profile heat spreader, so I chose the latter.
Ordered most of my parts yesterday – decided on the Asus P8Z77-M Pro as I liked the look of some of the additional features/connectivity and it seems to be well liked by other SPCR members on here. Also went for the 3570k with the True Spirit 120M cooler. I would have had to buy a new mounting kit for my existing cooler anyway and it seemed like a better fit for the Fractal Design Mini. I’m planning to re-using my existing Seasonic S12 600w; Pioneer DVD drive and 4x Noctua NF S-12 fans from my six year old Core 2 build. Then look at replacing the fans with PWM alternatives.
Looking forward to putting it all together next week