Hey thanks for the reply. I had the same processor, graphics card, and case picked out so thats a good sign. I had a cheaper motherboard. I'm a noob when it comes to this could you explain to me what makes motherboards good. Also what is the Tuniq Tower used for?
For the specs, the monitor looks good. But to be honest, when you buy a monitor, you want to look at it first or look for a good and professional review. You never know how it will display the colors, real vision angles etc. But anyway, it looks good for the price.
The link you gave me has several hdd, which is it?
I don't understand much about gaming sound cards, but I can assure you that for the average music listener and gamer, on board audio nowadays is pretty good. I just tried two soundcards in my life, and for gaming, I'm sorry but I'm not the right guy to tell you.
Soundblaster X-FI are good cards. you can get the gamer or the audio for around US$75.00. I've never heard of good on board audio, but then again, I'm replacing a 5 year old PC. Don't spend more than $100 US on a sound card unless you are a true audiophile or a musician.
Also, for your HDD, you may want to consider 2 Seagate 7200.10 80GB in Raid 0 for your OS and apps. Faster than a Raptor, quieter, cheaper, and more disk space. Plus, you can store all of your data on a 320GB drive.
RAID (Redundant Array if Inexpensive Drives) is a means of utilizing multiple hard drives for speed and/or mitigating hard drive failure. There are multiple levels of RAID:
Level 0 - Data striping across multiple disks. This RAID level provides a performance increase by "striping" data across multiple hard drives. It offers no protection from hardware failures.
Level 1 - Data Mirroring - this level doesn't provide any performance increase, but should you lose a hard drive, you won't lose your data. The con is you lose half the total disk space because of the mirroring, hence it is more expensive per GB.
Level 5 - Multiple disks with parity protection. This level offers a similar protection from hard drive failure to RAID 1, but doesn't cost you the hard drive overhead. i.e. 4 disks in a RAID 5, only one is used for parity protection, so you have the storage space of the remaining three disks. RAID 5 only "costs" you an additional hard drive, but the biggest drawback is the performance loss because of the type of protection.
Level 0+1 - combines the attributes of level 0 and level 1. Provides the performance increase with level 0, but the mirroring protection in level 1. Best alternative, but most expensive. Minimum # of indentical drives is 4.
A couple of things about RAID - it is meant to provide hardware performance increase and/or protection from hardware failure. You still should do backups of your data - RAID is designed at a hardware level, not at the data level. When using multiple drives in a RAID array, your chances of a hardware failure increase because you are using more than one drive. For OS and Apps (which don't change very often), using RAID 0 is benfitial for load/access times. You can use Norton Ghost to create an image of your partition and if you experience a failure, you have a backup image.
For your personal or gaming data, pictures, music, etc, if put into a RAID array, it should be either level 1, 5, or 0+1 for the reason that you don't want to lose your data because of a HDD failure. Regardless, you still want to back up this data in the event you have a virus or data corruption - something RAID cannot prevent from happening.
There are additional levels of RAID, but they are designed for enterprise use with specific disk usage strategies. Most home PC RAID controllers don't support other levels of RAID simply because they are not needed or benficial to a PC user.