Well what he wants is a computer that would be good with gaming. Since he is getting a 8800 GTS for free and a CPU, he wants to spend less than $1000. So anything that is cheap and good would be great. What power supply do you recommend?
The motherboard comes with pretty decent on board sound. Only get a sound card if he's not happy with it. (he probably won't need it) Get a SATA burner, not an IDE one, SATA is faster and usually the same price. I'll also echo Techmo34 suggestions about getting a P45 motherboard and not the 680i.
My friend got his parts and building it went smoothly. Problem now is that he gets a CPU fan error. I dont know why either, its running nicely and the cpu is at 28 c. Also we used his old hardrive so he can have his os and all of his files. We are now wondering how do we get the new hardrive to run with it so he can start filling that hardrive also.
CPU Fan Issue: This issue can be many things but I would think it is one of these two...
1.) The CPU fan is connected to the wrong fan slot on the MOBO. The MOBO has a specific slot for the CPU fan and it there is nothing connected there, than it thinks there is not fan... Error message
2.) It sounds like you just put the computer together and fired it up with the old hard drive... WITHOUT doing a fresh OS install . You could be getting a driver issue from the old MOBO and the new MOBO that is causing this error. You should pretty much always do a fresh install when you build a new computer.
HDD Issue: Go to Control Panel, click "Classic View", click Admin Tools, click Comp. Mgmt than click on Data Mgmt. Once you clicked on Data Mgmt, find your new HDD and reformat/assign a drive letter to the HDD. This should make it so you can see the HDD and begin using it.