Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - Retail Item #: N82E16820300608
I am getting a pair of GeForce 8700’s from my brother for the time being but, will upgrade sometime next year (GTX 3XX)
I have never built a computer before and am really looking forward to it. However I am afraid in my enthusiasm my ignorance will get the best of me. I’m not sure if I need any controller cards. I have multiple external HDD’s I would like to incorporate into this build for storage. A couple of them are 4-5 years old but I don’t want them to go to waste. Will I need adapter cables to remove them from their cases and put them in the tower? Any thoughts on part selection or compatibility is GREATLY appreciated. I am hoping to place the order by Oct 29-30. Any additional parts you may think a good idea are welcome too. So far this bill is only $1,090 before mail in rebates. That is $500 below budget. Thank you for your input.
For the extra hdds you have laying around, are they IDE or SATA? If they're IDE, I'd say get rid of them or get an external storage for them.
I hate IDE ribbon cables. The mess up Air Flow in your case. If they're SATA, I'd say just get some right angle SATA cables. It would look nicer
in your case.
I have the Antec 900 case and it's awesome. But there's also the Antec 902. That case even better. I'd say if you're still under budget, get
the Antec 902 or 1200. The Antec 902 has dust filters on the front and side, which the 900
does not have. And it's painted all black, which looks sweet. What I'm trying to say is, get the 902 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
only planning on 2 vid cards but you never know. I was already considering moving up to the 850.
Sadly the x-tra HDD's are Ide. I am a mizer sometimes ans I just hate to toss good stuff. Will install Sata only as per your advice.
I know about the dust filters and decided, because I'm not too keen on LED's, I could come up with a filter that blocks the lights (if I can't turn them off) and filter dust. I was torn between the 900 and the 902 after deciding against the 1200. I went for the front ports and dimensions on the 900. I am not a hardcore gamer but when I do play I really like it to be smooth with decent frame rates.