New build. Please double check my work for me. :)

I'm helping a friend put a speedy stock system together. He won't be overclocking. Are there any glaring mistakes here or should this all go together fine? Thanks for your comments.

Thermaltake armor case

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L P35 mobo

Antec Earthwatts 500 Watt PSU

Intel E8400 Retail

Corair 2x 2GB 1066 DDR2 (TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF)

PNY XLR8 9800 GX2 1GB

Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtremegamer

WD Raptor 150gb SATA

WD Caviar SE 250GB SATA
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  1. I am working on building my first custom PC and came across this question and maybe you can give me your thoughts. I am using a Gigabyte mobo as well and I didn't see the need for an additional sound card given that most (including the new Gigabyte ones) have pretty good supported sound right on the mobo. The mobo you chose has 8 channels with the Realtek chipset for audio. Couldn't you just save the 90$ you were planning on spending on the audio card, or better yet use it towards a bigger monitor or higher end speakers? Im just curious what your thoughts are on this. Also, why are you using multiple HDDs? Are you planning on having the system auto back itself up as it goes? I just think you could get a 500GB HDD cheaper than the two hard drives together. Also, you are aware that if you are using a 32 bit OS (whihc you should) that the system is only going to recognize about 3 Gigs of the RAM you are buying. Have you built a system before? Sorry if any of my question or inquisitions are bothersome, but since I will be doing this soon, its nice to get dialogue going with someone else who is doing this. What do you have the whole system priced out at? What type of monitor is he going to buy?
  2. Also, do you have a DVD drive picked out? Would hate to see you about to build everything and then realize you forgot the CD drive.
  3. raykinstl said:
    Also, do you have a DVD drive picked out? Would hate to see you about to build everything and then realize you forgot the CD drive.

    That has happened by me long time ago, then I have no Idea how can I install the OS....hehehehehe....Come to think about it, I was stupid...right?
  4. The x-fi is just a preference, and only $50 after rebate. We're using multiple HDs becasue the Raptor gives the best gaming performance but is only 150GB. The WD SE 250GB is for mass storage of media, etc. Ram is so incredibly cheap right now that It's worth it IMHO to buy 4GB and get 3GB. DvD drive is leftover part from another system. Monitor tbd. Total system cost after rebates and shipping was approx $1600, not counting the dvd drive, monitor, or speakers.
  5. You can save $30 with this RAM:
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

    I would pay $10 or $20 more to get the BFG or XFX version instead of PNY.

    The PSU is under the 580W minimum recommendation. You're also adding Raptors and soundcards there, it's not even a minimal system any more. For a system with a $600 video card it's worth buying a decent PSU. Here's a good one, with the 6/8 pin connectors and the amps you need:

    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition)

    The 750GB WD7500AAKS is faster than the 250GB disk you picked, and quite comparable with the Raptor 150GB in most benchmarks. It's also cheaper per GB than either of them.
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