I already also purchased 2 raptors. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Still pissed the pictures on Newegg showed the guts of the drive but when you get the drive its closed. (No clear see through side on the case) False advertising ftw. We'll talk about that in another rant.
Anyway, I'm still unsure of what video card, sound card, multi card reader, DVD burner, and case to get. I'm pretty picky when it comes to cases as well. I have Cooler Master Stacker like case currently. I'm currently only playing WoW (of which I would like to play at the highest resolution with all the eye candy, get more than 10 FPS in Dalaran, and more than 15 FPS in 25 man raids), and L4D. I'm hoping with this build that it will play Diablo 3 well once Blizzard ever releases it in 2 years or so. I would also like a nice sound card that doesn't break the bank with a SPF optical out. My current sound card is a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro. Oh and for that matter I'm using a 512 MB BFG 7600 GT with an AMD Athlon 64 3700+. I know listing my old setup isn't necessary, but I want to show where I'm coming from and where I'd like to go. Oh and I should probably say I'm sporting a Samsung SyncMaster 25" 1920 by 1200.
So crucify me if you must! I'm a big boy and can take it. I'm trying to keep this build low in price, but I don't ever like to sacrifice quality/reliability when I don't have to. I've already spent around $1400 on those parts and I've probably over spent more than I needed to, so if you have an objection or opinion go for it! I appreciate it when techs help another tech out. Thank you in advance.
^ 2 Raptors are IMHO not worth it...I feel you have overspent on them...A single intel 80GB SSD for the ~ price of a single raptor for the OS and a 1 TB WD Black for others would be a better setup...
You can also get similar performance with 2x WD Black 640GB in RAID 0...
I know asking for help in the wrong way can be seen as rude so let me use the template =) Oh and the parts haven't shipped yet so I can STILL decline the order if you guys think I should go in a different MB and RAM direction!! I still use 1st generation raptors and they've been attached with me for so long that I don't think I can have a build without them. Plus with the SSDs I heard they don't last as long and write speeds are horrible.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Opps already bought half the crap, ha.
BUDGET RANGE: Around $2000 it looks like.. keeps going UP.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: For the time being playing WoW, L4D, and sometimes Dungeon Keeper 2. Waiting for freaking Diablo 3 to come out (such a whore fanboy of Diablo 2, my god), and SC2 so hopefully this build will last till then and be able to play these games at maximum settings. I love to multi task with 20 tab Firefox sessions open times 10 while trolling with a game in the background and streaming music online with Winamp. Oh and I like to watch anime and what have you on the PC so something that can handle all the different codec crap that comes out like every month.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I will not need a new keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or hard drives. At least for now anyways.
PREFERRED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: I mostly only use Newegg for purchases these days but I do have an account with ZipZoomFly.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A window on the right side would be nice or I'll just keep them both off like I have on my current chasis. I'd also like a nice looking full size case, new video card, sound card, and multi memory card reader. Oh and a DVD/CD burner. I don't need the Blue Ray yet.
I like the overall design of the case, aluminum, big with lots slots, removable tray, the works! I just wish that they would paint the inside of the case like the outside of the case. I don't know why you don't see that even with the high end cases.
I have both side panels off and its messy in there, but I love looking at it. To me its like a piece of art.
Now I'm wondering if I did want to go water cooling in the future, should I just go with this case and get a water cooling kit, or spend a lot of money and get the one reviewed by 3dgameman? It's around $400 and that's a lot of money... I assume I can get a better kit than the one they're including.
Redgarl, is your avatar the back of Asuka's head? LOL