Hey, so I am building my father a new PC strictly for the use of music. He wants to be able to load all of his cd's onto it and play them through it with good sound quality. I am kind of new at this so I would really appreciate your advice and need to know that everything is compatible.
I already have a Antec Sonata II and a MSI 7900 GT 256mb that I plan to use with this, here is the build I was looking at, please feel free to comment/criticize and suggest better options, as long as they are not much more expensive. He will be using this in a very small room which is why I was thinking the surround sound. If absolutely necessary we can get a new case and video card but I think these are sufficient.
I also need to know whether there is some kind of wireless remote he can get to change his songs without the mouse and keyboard.
The total on newegg comes out to $438.52 without tax or shipping. My dad wanted very nice speakers and I think that the X-540's will be good but I am not positive. I am also unclear as to what OS to get.
here's what i would say towards the os. Wait right now and get the windows 7 release candidate. If microsoft doesn't let you download it anymore get it via a torrent or something. Then, when windows 7 does come out, buy that!
That MB has Realtek ALC883 audio. You might want to hold off on a soundcard until you have an opportunity to check out the Realtek. If you find it's not enough, then order the soundcard.
leonlee has a point about the OS. Looks like Windows 7 will be a good one and you should be able to find it via a Google search.