Hi, I'm building a system for a friend and this is what I've come up with:
Motherboard: ASUS P5E Or GIGABYTE GA-X38-DS4 Or ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA (Learning towards the P5E)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix ddr2-800 2 GB
Video Cards: Two HD3870's in Crossfire
Case: Antec 900
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE (Open to suggestions on sound card)
Power Supply: Corsair HX520
Hard Drive: Western Digital 500 GB SATAII Drive
Cd/Dvd Drive: Two of Samsung SH-S203B
So what do you guys think? I don't know much about sound cards so I just chose an entry level one (he's going to be using headphones mostly). Open to suggestions on everything.
I would go for the better price of the Gigabyte, and because I am a Gigabyte fanboy. Nothing wrong with ASUS, they just tend to be more expensive for the same quality and performance. Other than the fancy name, I see no advantage to the Maximus.