This is my first time building a computer. these are the parts i have found, and the price at mwave.com, any suggestions on where to buy the parts, what parts to buy, and suggestions on different parts.
202754 TURTLE BEACH SANTA CRUZ PCI SOUND CARD W/DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR (Retail) Detail Specs $66.79 $66.79
A13780 LITE ON 16X-DVD/48X-CDROM INTERNAL EIDE #LTD-163 (Retail) Detail Specs *Limit 5 pcs per customer. $39.50 $39.50
A03468 AMD ATHLON XP 2600+ 2.08GHZ (AXDA2600BOX) 333MHZ RETAIL BOXED W/COOLING FAN (3 YEARS WARRANTY) | Important Installation Info $316.10 $316.10
A19041 ASUS A7N8X DLX NVIDIA nFORCE2 CHIPSET ULTRA ATA133 ATX FORM FACTOR 1xAGP(PRO)/5xPCI/3xDDR W/SATA, DUAL LAN, 1394, USB 2.0 & AUDIO Detail Specs (CPU TYPE:AMD DURON, ATHLON) $145.12 $145.12
A19170 LITE ON 52X/24/52X EIDE INTERNAL CDRW BURN PROOF W/SW (Retail) Detail Specs $62.00 $62.00
Well, there is a sound solution that is more powerfull and much cheaper thanthe TB Santa Cruz, and that would be...the onboard sound that comes with the A7N8X Deluxe! So save a little and use the onboard sound, it's the most powerfull onboard solution, and rivals souncards costing up to $200.
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He (probably) means two sticks of 256 to run in dual channel, which generally provides some slight increases in performance and is cheaper than buying one stick of 512.
The other prevailing idea here is to invest in one good stick of 512, then wait for prices to come down on high-quality 512 sticks before adding another one for a marshmellowy good gig of dual channel DDR. I would do this if my telepathic powers could foresee a need for a gig of ram in the next couple of years.
Antec PLUS1080 would be my choice for a case. Great case with a Antec truepower 430W PS that can't be beat for $145. If you need something cheaper, look into other Antec midtowers. Enermax and Enlight aren't bad either.