ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This system is built for some heavy duty Mental Ray and Renderman rendering with Maya, as well as playing Computer games smoothly.
The 8 cores and 16 gb ram are meant to increase 3d application rendering speed, while the card is targeted for gaming.
I don't know much about cooling, so I need advice on that as well as a monitor. I have a 24" viewsonic for my other machine that I am very happy with. I also need a good router (doesn't have to be wireless) so that I can hook both my computers up to the internet.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially for cheaper and better parts.
I am curios about this sound card, from what I read it's the only SC that's compatible with this board. Yet I only found one negative review about it at newegg.
I might end up reverting to my original MOBO choice (SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAi-O), since it comes with it's own sound card, has more USB ports and boots up faster. I am wondering, why do you think the ASUS Z8PE-D12 is superior?
^ The ASUS board are more efficient than that Supermicro board...
But the issue with the sound card, is also very annoying...Now even I feel you could switch back to that Supermicro board...but do check out its reviews in other sites too...