So Ive been lurking, reading, reading, and reading many reviews, buying guides, and posts about my new C2D system that I want. Heres what I came up with, Im looking for an overall opinion and especially if all this stuff is compatible.
Stuff I already ordered:
Logitech G15 - $72.71
ViewSonic VX922 19" LCD Monitor - $259.95
OCZ OCZ700GXSSLI GamerXStream 700W Power Supply - $137.98
---Bought early b/c it had a rebate
Stuff I plan on buying in next few days:
MOBO: ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard Retail
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Graphics: EVGA GeForce 7900 GTX / 512MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card
Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
Thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
DVD Burner: NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner OEM
DVD Reader: SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s OEM
Floppy: SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black OEM
Main HD: Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive OEM
Data HD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JS 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Case: Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan Side Panel - Retail
Heatsink: Tuniq T-120 CPU Cooler
OS: XP Pro SP2
--Can/should I buy a smaller case to save a few bucks?
--THe one I chose the right kind of Artic 5? There are a few on newegg.
--Do I need chipset heatsinks? Heard this mobo runs hot..
--What kind of heatsink to use for CPU?
--MOBO onboard sound any good? How does it compare to X-Fi?
--I heard you can only use a product key once from OEM version of XPPro, is this true (as opposed to retail you could re-use in case you reformat)?
--Need to RAID the drives? Any extra physical components need to be bought/installed? The only thing I really plan to do with second drive is house mp3s, and will only be writing to it rarely.
--Do I need ANYTHING else (cables, screws, etc) or can I just open up all the boxes and piece it together?
Any advice/comments is more than welcomed as this is my first attempt at a build and Im really looking forward to it!