I’m going to be building this system myself, so I was just wondering about the compatibility of the parts. First off, would the power supply that’s coming with the case sufficient in powering my system? How important is the sound card? I selected the Audigy SE instead of the X-Fi extreme audio 24-bit to save 20$, is it worth it?
Lastly, my budge is about $1200, where should i spend the remaining 100 on? I was thinking of getting the 9800 instead even if its $150 or so more.
Thanks for reading.
That Power Supply isn't going to have the connectors you would need for a 9800 card, you can get an adapter, but I would suspect that this PSU would be strained to the max if it worked. I would never build out something that close to maxing out, without knowing it was a top quality brand.
I would dump the sound card all together unless you have a really nice set of speakers, the built in audio should be fine.
Usually the power supplies that come with a case are a steaming pile of sh$%.
I would buy the case without the PSU and buy another one. I don't have the specs for the 500 but the 450w that comes in some of their cases won't even come close to powering a quad core and a GTS.