1. I think an all digital DVI and HDMI is a better option than dual DVI.
2. Not usually - but you can find DVI & HDMI.
3. A budget case will get the job done.
4. No problems at all there.
5. Not always. With some you loose some upgrade options like a 2nd video card slot.
6. A good 300-400W PSU would be plenty.
Any of your monitors have speakers? Use HDMI to hook that one up. Otherwise it doesn't make any difference.
If you don't have a HDMI monitor there are HDMI to DVI adapters available for about $10.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 is a good looking $40 case.
An external HDD won't raise any issues that you need to worry about. A low power external (Seagate FreeAgent Go for example) can be powered off the USB ports.
generally, monitors with integrated audio get hdmi, and ones without get dvi. although, unless things have changed, i believe dvi can output 16.2 million colours, where as hdmi can output 16.7 million colors. but they are basically the same, just hdmi has audio and video all in one cable. and as far as 20-40 $ cases, along with the one WR2 recommended, these:
hey, vets count too! but no, not strongly. however, most boards with amd, and a decent amount with intel already have usb 3.0 and sata 6 already, so you might as well. sata 6 is entirely useless unless you are doing a RAID 0 setup with ssds, with im assuming you arent. usb will actually be useful, however there are very few devices that currently use it. do you know what cpu you are getting?
should just post this....from my other question. this is going to be a music production machine only. i think multi-core can be utilized well by music production software....and plenty of memory will be a big thing.....but can always be added over time.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a week
BUDGET RANGE: may not buy all at once....have to spread it out some...working on case/psu/mb/cpu right now.....~$400
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: just dedicated audio production machine
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: not getting hd/memory/drives/monitor/os yet
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD
OVERCLOCKING: maybe, not too radical
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: doesn't matter
MONITOR RESOLUTION: no concern yet, would like dual monitor capability in the mb
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i think I can go pretty cheap on the case?
'll throw another question out there......am I going to notice much difference between the AMD 880 and 890 chipsets? mobo actually seems to be the most difficult thing to pin down on best bang for your buck.......
yes, those both have integrated graphics. the 880g has a 4250 as integrated graphics, and the 890gx has a 4290. that is the main difference, along with the 890gx usually having more pci e slots and features.