Well I have completed my first ever build! It went fantastic. I haven't had a problem yet. I want to personally thank everyone who helped lead me in the right direction with hardware choices. Here are the specs:
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
AMD Opteron 148 Venus @ 2.9GHz stable
Mushkin eXtreme Performance 1x1GB (another GB is coming soon)
eVGA 7800GT CO @ 520MHz/1220MHz
Western Digital WD1600JB 160GB
Antec SmartPower 500W
Open case 1
Open case 2
Me and my handywork!
Yes, I'm a young one - 14 in Feb
. And no, "daddy" didn't buy it for me. An entire summer of work and and the sale of all my paintball gear did (which was also bought by myself.)
So how's it look? I'm very happy with it. It's blazing fast and the demos for BF2 and FEAR I played look spectacular. The reason I have to play demos right now is because I don't have any money left for games so I had to ask for them for Christmas. The total cost was around $1200. How's my wire management job look? Any suggestions? 3DMark05 score is 8388. Is that where my score should be for my system? Also, I don't know much about average oc's for video cards. How does 520MHz/1220MHz stack up for a 7800GT CO? Thanks again to everyone who helped me out!