Feedback on New machine

Hi folks - from your experience, please provide feedback for the following setup as well as advice on Cases, HD's and CD/DVD Rw's and CPU Coolers

Purchase Timeframe: Within 1 month
First time OC'er
Uses: Gaming, programming

Rig so far:

MOtherboard: Abit IS7
CPU: P4 2.8C GHz
Memory: Corsair TwinX 1024 MB 3200 CAS 2 ( 2 x 512MB PC3200 184 pin MATCHED PAIR DDR)
PSU: Antec TruePower 550W
Graphics: 128Mb Connect3D ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
DVD/CD RW: Sony DRU530A
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2


Need help on the following:

Case Leaning towards Chieftec or Thermaltake
Hard Drives Raid v/s single
DVD/CD RW No clue at all

Thx !


Edit: The DRU530A is a placeholder ... really have no clue !
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by simari on 03/06/04 09:14 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. I think you're just showing off, you know thats a good computer.

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  2. Not really

    I've been doing a ton of research for 3 months(including receiving feedback on this board) and have decided on major parts of the system. However, there's only so much you can extract from official reviews of components from websites.

    I think the best feedback actually comes from people who have owned and experienced issues with the components I plan to use ...

    As a result, I am posting here - hoping for some feedback
  3. From what I've read from reviews, Chieftec cases have the best price/quality ratio. I have a Chieftec DX series case and it rocks. I guess if money isn't an issue, buy the one you like more :)
  4. For your video card, you may want to check this out <A HREF="http:// http://www.ati.com/buy/traderebate/tradeup.html " target="_new">http:// http://www.ati.com/buy/traderebate/tradeup.html </A>
  5. Thanks for the tips on the case and video card.

    I've read up on the Chieftec cases and am thinking about getting one from the Dragon series.

    As far as the video card, that is a useful reference for the future - as for now, I'm upgrading from a laptop :)
  6. The Sony 530 should be fine. I have a Sony 510A and it is the best burner I have ever used. I just bought a Sony cd/r/w from Mwave for 31 bucks for my sister-in-law. It runs like a clock too! I have all my files backed up on 2 DVD's. Anything Sony sounds good to me. Anything from Acer/Aopen/Benq/Biostar sounds like trouble to me. JMHO.
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