Oh, and boost: when you said there will be a revised version of the Antec ISK 100 out soon, what do you mean by "soon?"
Soon means I can see details of the case and pictures on a retailer's website
in the EU. A British site lists delivery date 29/11.
OK, I don't know which chipset I need. They'll both run the i5 CPU, right?
I read that the H67 supports a faster SATA interface. Does that mean it will read my internal drive faster? That could be worth paying for.
The drive has to support the faster speed, too. A hard drive doesn't even read or write data as fast as Sata II, except from cache (8-32MB). A new SSD is close to the Sata 6Gb/s speed limit.
H/P61 boards don't have Sata 6Gb ports, B65 boards have one, H/P/Q67 and Z68 boards have two.
I suppose I'm better off in the long run going with a conventional case, in the event that I realize I need something else down the line. (Sorry if I'm sounding fickle here; I'm just trying to avoid any unfortunate choices.) So let's say I go with the Silverstone SG05. Can someone suggest a CPU/cooler/motherboard?
The SG05 severely limits the height of the CPU, because the PSU is mounted above the CPU. With a SFX PSU the only aftermarket coolers that fit are the Scythe Big Shuriken and Prolimatech Samuel 17. With a Pico PSU you can use a much bigger cooler like the Scythe Katana 3
, Xigmatek Loki SD963
, Cooler Master Hyper TX3
or Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2
. The fan speed of the Scythe starts at 300RPM, it should be the most quiet
of the bunch.
I suggest the ASRock H67M-GE/HT
, it is one of the few mATX S1155 boards with two external and two internal USB 3.0 ports.
If the case you choose doesn't have front USB3.0 ports (i.e. SG05) or if you don't need them you could use the Intel DH67BL
or MSI H67MA-E45
. Intel and MSI boards use the least power on idle and MSI has good a good fan controller on board.
For Linux the Intel Pentium G860 is perfect, if you want to use an OS where Intel offers more than rudimentary drivers (Windows 7/8), the Intel Core i3-2130.