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This is my parts list for the pc I'm going to build when I get the money. Please tell me what you think.

ASUS Crosshair II Formula AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard-249.99

G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800) Quad Kit Desktop Memory-169.99

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor-235.00

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive-54.99

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive-99.99

LITE-ON Black 6X Blu-Ray DVD ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model iHES106-29 -99.99

ZOTAC ZT-98GEY3P-FSR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card-154.99

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card-89.99

RAZER RZ01-00170100 Banshee Blue 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser 4000 dpi Lachesis Gaming Mouse-79.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders-179.99

RAZER Lycosa RZ03-00180100 Black 104 Normal Keys 7 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard-79.99

Antec Signature SG850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply-$219

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM)-139.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case-199.99

APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan-7.49

Total- 2061.37
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  1. First off, ditch that old Raptor. The new 640GB drives are just as fast, cost less, and offer much more capacity.

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $79.99

    I'd also avoid that old, slow 250GB drive. Just pick up a couple of the above drives and it'll cost about the same amount and you'll have two superior drives.

    What is the main use of this computer going to be? The 9800GT certainly isn't the best choice for a gaming GPU. I'd ditch the Nvidia Nforce chipset motherboard and pick up something like this:

    ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131339 $188.99

    That board supports crossfire. Use some of the money saved on the motherboard and upgrade the GPU to a 4870 1GB GPU.

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 $234.99 - $10 MIR

    I'd ditch the sound card. The onboard sound on the current motherboards is actually pretty good. The board I linked above has 8-channel onboard sound. You can always add a sound card later if you decide you need to. Use the sound card money to upgrade the GPU.
  2. That's a good start for a build. I'm not big on that GSkill RAM. Since it's basically overclocked DDR2 1066 RAM I think you're better off with some good mushkin or corsair RAM that you can overclock Personally I would go with mushkins 1000 RAM as that seems to overclock well but for some good 1066 RAM you should consider going with this low timing RAM

    Mushkin 4GB(2x2GB) 1066 5-5-5-15 $76.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146785

    And you shouldn't have a problem overclocking it to 1100 with the same timings. I also think you shouldn't go with the 74GB Raptor as I would think you would be much better served with hard drives from the Western Digital Caviar Black series. If you want to get a RAPTOR as a boot drive then go with the newer velociraptors as they are faster and have much more space. I think you should consider going with this drive instead of the two drivers you were thinking of going with

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    I have that drive and I think it's just great. As for the motherboard I think you're spending alot of money to go with just a single 9800GT card. You would be better off getting a 750a based board will give you the same performance with a single card and even in SLi the two 8x PCI-E 2.0 lanes won't be too much of a performance hit(vs the full 16x for each card on the 780a) for two 9800GTs in SLi. It's not worth it to spend all that money on a 780a board unless you're going to SLi a 260 or higher card.

    Personally I think you should go with a 790GX/FX board and a Radeon 4870 as it would be a much faster build for gaming

    I do like your choice of the Asus Xonar. Even though it's better to have a dedicated sound card to offload cycles from the CPU (onboard sound is typically very CPU dependent), I hope you have a good speaker setup to support it though or you won't notice much difference over the onboard sound as far as sound quality.
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