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Old 01-24-2009, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For starters you could drop the sound card for now and use onboard sound. -$89.

Maybe go with an ati 4850 to make up the rest but I would find a way to keep the 260.

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Old 01-24-2009, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Could...and will definitely consider it, especially now that I see the mobo has an optical input. Other options?
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using a 3 GB kit vs the 6 GB kit should save some money
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I recommend getting a C2Q, if you only have a $1000 budget. That way, you can get a graphics card, and a sound card.

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Looks good...

Maybe hold off on the sound card for a while so you could get a better board?
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Such as...

XFX MBX58ICH19 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

$55 for an additional PCI-E slot?
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