APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: two-three months from now
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm using dospara.jp, which is basically Japan's newegg (I'm living in Japan at the moment)
I'll post the specs of my build just in case you need them..
Processor - i7 975
Motherboard - Undecided between Rampage II extreme or P6T deluxe
Memory - 6GB ddr3 1333 mhz, probably going for Corsair
Graphics Card - GTX 295
Power Supply - Cooler Master 1250 W (to leave room for upgrades)
Case - Antec 900 (maybe 1200? I doubt I'll need it though, I'm not looking for water cooling)
Hard Drive - a 32 gb SDD and a 300 GB, 10 thou rpm drive - don't need much space, and I can always more
Monitor - Dell 30"
OS - I'm waiting until windows 7 comes out
My main question is: if I don't really need the 110 USD extra's worth of gimmicks for Rampage II Extreme (and I don't) then I need to get a sound card. I have really no knowledge in this area, in fact I don't really understand how it works, so I was wondering if you could enlighten me a bit as to how much I'd spend on one. I haven't budgeted for speakers so that'll be an upgrade, but I'm looking for decent quality (not audio-philic) sound.
Also, I don't fully understand network cards - we have fibre optic connection here at home (in Japan it's very common) and have a wireless router. What sort of network card do I need? Do newer ones integrate wireless networking with general LAN? I'm also entirely clueless here...
Finally if you could give a few thoughts on the build - I'm about to begin the final two years of high school, but I plan to take this computer with me probably through college: what do you think? Are any of the components unnecessarily high end? I do game and I love it, which accounts for the processor/graphics card/monitor, but maybe I'm just wasting money here...