It's also a reason for me to purchase a Z68 now, since that's something I can benefit from later on (isn't it?), without having to buy a new motherboard. And it's not a lot more expensive.
In my experience SSD caching isn't so much worthwhile nowadays, and it will be less and less so near in the future.
So IMVHO you won't use it, and even if you do, it won't help you so much.
I'm not sure I want to spend an extra 50-70 euro to get the Enermax Modu87+ or a Seasonic X. Or will it pay itself back in efficiency? Maybe the Seasonic M12II-520Bronze (SS-520GM) is a good option? Or a similarly priced Enermax?
Both are good, maybe the Enermax might be a tad quieter at idle.
The higher efficiency of a Gold/Platinum PSU means obviously less consumption (and also less heat, so less noise): you may pick your latest energy bill, and then do your math (price for kw/hrs * watts spared * estimated power-on time).
500W is probably enough, but I might dabble in overclocking (thus the 2500K), should I gather enough courage. So I'm not sure how that affects power demand.
Slightly (less than 50W up to 4.5GHz, according to Anandtech, if you like numbers)
I actually didn't know what a QVL list was, but it seems that it's the list that tells me which DDR I can best pick for my motherboard. Alright, so different DDR it is (since mine wasn't on the list. Recommendations, anyone? How about the Corsair 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9, Vengeance) (+30 euro) or Patriot 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Light-Retail, PX538G1600LLK, Viper Xtreme, XMP)? These are on the list and also available at the shop where I'm buying. It's either that or more MHz or less GB or a 4-piece kit.
The QVL or "Qualified Vendor List" is the pieces of RAM list approved by the mobo manufacturer.
It's dutch name should be "Geheugen/Apparatuur Ondersteuning" (asus.nl).
It's highly advisable to buy RAM on that list, in order to try to avoid incompatibility issues.
Ill keep that in mind, Scrooge, thanks. I'm not sure what to look for in CPU-coolers, though, so suggestions would be nice. Fan or no fan? Something up to ~30 euro/dollar, like the Thermalright True Spirit?
Fanned heatsink are more performing and more flexible, than fanless one. Take also note that usually up to 5-600rpm a 120mm fan is no or hardly audible.
The TR True Spirit is one of the less expensive cooler (among the high performance and quiet fanned ones), this is why I adviced you for, while IMHO the quieter fans for CPU heatsinks are currently the Scythes. If you go for an ASUS board, be sure to have a PWM fan onto your CPU heatsink.
So, um, why the ASUS Direct CU II?
Because it's one of the few high performance cards which run enough quiet or relatively quiet right out of the box.
Nowadays that GPU is probably the primary source of heat and noise, with the Club3D your mileage might vary too much (it should likely be slower and louder). IMHO, of course.
However, the ASUS do have one DVI-to-HDMI connector, if you mind, while current prices would look like enough similar (I've used http://geizhals.at/eu/?in=&fs=CGAX-69548F
for a quick check).