The moment I think I'm reay to order my PC, I hear something, or think of a question that makes me go through everything again.
The sole purpose of this computer is for gaming and internet surfing.
EDIT: I'm not overclocking.
My first question is about motherboards.
I'm looking at the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI-x16 Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Dual PCI-E MB
, and I heard that people have had problems with the Deluxe and I should go with the Premium. Is there anything I should be aware regarding the two boards?
Is a "Heat Spreader" necessary?
I'm looking at 2 WD Raptor WD740GD 74.0GB 8M Cache Hard Drives, and there's a "Raid Configuration" section, and under that section are the options:
"Raid-0 [Data Striping] With 2X Hard Drives"
"Raid-1 [Data Mirroring] With 2X Hard Drives"
Which one should I choose?
Out of the following, which one would give me the most bang for my buck?
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy SE [+ $49]
Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi ExtremeMusic [+ $117]
Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum [+ $180]
[External] Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro [+ $384]
I'm currently looking at the Cintre RW-6510 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers + Subwoofer
, does anyone have any experience with these, or should I consider something else?
My #1 option is the [939-pin] AMD® Athlon-64 X2 3800+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology
. This seems like the perfect choice, because it's within my price range, and from what I've heard it's good. Should I stick with it?
Is the PC Power & Cooling TURBO-COOL 850 Watt (950W Peak) Power Supply [SLI Ready]
(yes, I know, WAY overkill. There are two reasons for this. One, because I've heard PCP&C is a very good brand, and two, because I want to have a PS that will handle any future upgrades I'll make for a long time.) quiet or loud?
Here are the rest of the computer parts:
Raidmax Ninja-918 ATX Mid-tower Case
Cold Cathode Neon Light
2048 MB [1024MB X2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand More Options
[PCI-Ecpress 16x] Nvidia Geforce 7800GT 256MB w/DVI + TV Out Video
ViewSonic VX922 Black/Silver 19" 2ms gray-to-gray (avg.); 2ms white-black-white (typ) LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 650:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail
I'm sure I'll have more questions in a week or so.