Yeah I’m a sucker for new technology.
Anyway, the Intel Z77 chipset boards have just launched today, and the Ivy Bridge processors will launch near the end of the month.
As most of you will know, I review hardware for MyCE, and there is a lot of new hardware goes in and out of my case. My present case is the Antec 900. It’s been a great case, but with all the hardware going in and out of the case, the case is a mess. It’s also beginning to look quite worn, with a few scratches. So this time around I’ll also be replacing the case.
After a lot of research having looked at cases such as the Corsair Obsidian 650D, which is a great case but is not suitable for my needs, as I have restricted height below the desk, and the external USB2/3 ports are mounted right at the top of the case meaning I wouldn’t be able to use them without pulling the case out from under the desk.
So at last I have decided on a case.
The Antec Performance One P280.
It has everything I want from a case.
[li]Able to take extra large ATX motherboards
[/li][li]Easy to access HDD/SSD bays
[/li][li]Excellent cable management
[/li][li]It’s a quiet case as well
[/li][/ul]I haven’t decided on a motherboard yet, but it will be one of the following.
The CPU will be the 3770K (if reviews when it’s launched are good)
I will also be considering the 3570K
I’ll be re-using the 8GB of G.Skill RIPJAW X 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
I’ll also be using my trusted Enernax PSU, which I’ve just checked for leaking capacitors, and all is well.
I won’t need to worry about storage
I may order up the case and motherboard later this week and use the Sandy Bridge 2600K. At least by doing this I can make sure the motherboard is stable.
Will there be anyone else updating to Z77 and Ivy Bridge?
Does anyone have any thoughts on the components I have selected?