-Video Card: ??? not sure what to get . going to run dual monitors for audio work and single monitor Counterstrike: Source with around 60 fps, but it needs to run QUIET.
-Sound Card: ??? not sure what to get :[[[[. i plan to use this for recording live instruments, running reaper, cubase, etc. No pro tools.
ALSO. is the power supply enough...? Any incompatibility issues between the parts? Last thing i want to do is realize something doesn't fit when i'm building it haha....
In conclusion, please feel free to rate/comment/correct any things on this DAW PC build! i still need help with vid and sound cards as well as the CPU cooler. The power supply = sufficient? Compatibility issues?
I don't believe that free upgrade. They did the same thing with XP and Vista and it was NOT true. It did NOT apply to the average person building a machine. You can ONLY get a free upgrade when you buy a prebuilt system that offers it and gives you a number.
I'd bet my car that you couldn't get this upgrade.
Get Windows 7 RC x64 and then OEM when it's released. There's no pricing yet so I don't know what your quoting. It should not be much different.
I just bought the Auzentech Forte X-Fi. It's an awesome card though pairing it with cheap speakers (sub $50) is a waste.
*I reread your audio needs. You should also investigate ASUS. I'd go with either ASUS or Auzentech depending on your needs. Read up on the offered cards.
Hard to say. Your needs seem minimal so maybe look for a fanless HD4xxx card or newer NVidia that's fanless at around $60. Most newer cards support dual monitors. Your probably want dual DVI-I outputs. 512MB for sure.
It's the overall noise you care about:
1) PSU-> Any good PSU has fan speed control. Make sure to buy a case and put the PSU so the air flows from OUTSIDE the case to OUTSIDE the case rather than blowing hot air across the PSU's insides (which just causes the fan to run faster and can cause heat issues).
2) CPU-> You should get a large heatsink and 120mm fan combo. Read reviews. Spend about $40.
3) Graphics card-> Fanless or one that blows out the rear of the case. Don't get ones that leave the heat in the case. It just means other fans have to work harder and noise level will be overall higher.
4) Case fans-> In your case get one or two very low-flow, low-noise 120mm case fans. You do not want variable speed. Just get the lowest you can find to help move the heat out without adding much noise.