Assistance deciding on a new Machine

Hi

Need a bit of help here.

Building a new system to replace a 2 yr old rig, but have fallen a bit behind on current tech.

Have the following components in mind, but I feel that my current specs could be better or may not be 'balanced' right, so would appreciate some constructive criticism.

CPU - Core2Duo E6600
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=13&&bid=5&sid=18792

RAM - Corsair Twin2X2048MB 6400C4 2048Mb (2X1024MB)
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=111&&bid=5&sid=19672

MB - Asus P5N32-E-SLI-Plus
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=106&&bid=5&sid=22394

PSU - SilverStone ST60F
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=140&&bid=5&sid=16317

Video - XFX GeForce 8800GTX
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=82&&bid=5&sid=20894

Already have Monitor

Case, HDD, and DVD drive, Mouse & Keyboard and other things I would like to reuse until I have got more money. ( 8800GTX should just manage in current case)

My uses for this machine will include
Gaming - Not hardcore but frequent.
Studies - IT related
Media - General watching to dabbling with editing

Would like to Overclock but is not necessary and if I did would be minor.

Don't have any immediate plans for SLI but if it became feasible later on would consider it

Still need at least one IDE port.

Have a PCI TV Tuner Card capable of Hi-Def recording.

Would Like at least 6 SATAII ports.

Thats about it but have 2 minor questions.

1. with most Motherboards carrying Hi-def 8 channel Audio these days is it still worth it to put in a separate audio card.

2. When I do get a new Mouse is the MX revolution a good gaming mouse or is the G7 More for Gaming.

Added Tue, March 13th 1pm (Aus timezone)

Heard previously that more is to be expected from ATI (AMD) & nVidia in Q2
But now I have heard a little more and thought about it.
Now I'm thinking even if I don't get newer card (8900 or ATI equivalent) price's for 8800's will likely drop.
My question is does anyone know with a little more accuracy when the newer cards will arrive and possibly when prices will drop on the current 8800's.

(EG late April, Early May time frame)

Thanks
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  1. Quote:

    2. When I do get a new Mouse is the MX revolution a good gaming mouse or is the G7 More for Gaming.


    I use a Logitech VX Revolution with my MacBook Pro and find it quite suitable for gaming, I'm sure that the MX revolution would be even better. I haven't tried the G7 though.
  2. The onboard sound would be just fine for your gaming.

    OCing the E6600 to 3 ghz should be no problem, even if its a light OC.

    I have the G3 Mouse and I love it, I guess it would depend on what you comfortable with.
  3. What kinds of drives are the DVD & HDD? IDE/SATA/SATAII/eSATA?

    P5W DH Deluxe has 2 IDE connectors:

    http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=1198&l1=3&l2=11&l3=248

    No to sound card add-ons unless you're an audiophile. In that case, get a high-end one.
  4. Currently I'm using the following HDD's & Optical Drives

    A SATAII 320Gb Western Digital - Would like to keep using

    A SATA 250Gb Seagate - Would Like to keep using for a While

    A IDE 160Gb Western Digital - Will most likely leave this in older PC

    2 IDE Optical Drives - LG DL DVD Writer - Like to Keep for now
    LG DVD-ROM - May not keep in long run

    No eSATA & I dont plan on more IDE drives
    Cheers for contributions & help so far

    PS. Does any one know if the Asus P5W DH Deluxe supports nVidia SLI (with both cards running @ x16). As I said not the most important thing but would like know future options.
  5. Quote:
    Does any one know if the Asus P5W DH Deluxe supports nVidia SLI (with both cards running @ x16). As I said not the most important thing but would like know future options.

    No, to get SLI you need to use a P5N motherboard
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    im using this

    Case/power supply
    http://www.supergooddeal.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BCC920SM%2...&Sh
    $32 free shipping



    The linked website shows that the product 'no longer exists' (or most likely just not for sale)
  7. Still many choices in that price range. Hey Beer Man which one you got?
    Cases $25-$50
  8. Right, one IDE minimal. So the P5N is exactly what you want. P5WDH doesn't sli.
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