thanks, even though i made out like a bandit on the exchange i was worried it would sound like crap. i have another question for you. this new computer has RAID 0 256. G Solid State drives. my old computer has 300G drives SATA. the Dell exchange guy didnt notice the mistake will they be as good as SATA drives?
thanks from for the help, i am not a novice but i am far from a pro. i do know that the guy was trying to match my old system exactly and instead of picking way bigger SAta's he saw the option and figured that it was close enough. meanwhile it was a $1600 option on Alienware.
my other option for the soundcard was to pick a GTX 295 and have a sound card.