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    Default I Got Money Left Over - So What Did I Forget?

    I just finished buying the last of my hardware this morning and I have money left over and I'm debating if I should stop now or if I forgot anything important or should get anything else to "enhance" my computing experience.
    FYI, I like to overclock, but I'm not a gamer.


    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W
    Chassis: COOLER MASTER Praetorian PAC-T01-EK Black
    Motherboard: Intel BOXD975XBX2KR (BadAxe2)
    Processor: Intel Xeon 3060 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775
    Secondary Hard Drive (1/2 of RAID 1 Array): Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
    Primary Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM
    DVD-RW: LITE-ON LH-20A1H-186
    Memory (X2): Patriot 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    Video Card: MSI RX1650XT-T2D256E Radeon X1650XT 256MB

    I'll be reusing my 4-month-old Viewsonic VP2030b from my old computer, so THANKFULLY I don't have to buy another monitor.

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    uhg, I'd get a better graphics card.

    You can spring for a DX10 card for 299 on newegg. It's the EVGA KO one, overclocked out of the box, and a real good deal for the price.

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    I hope your not going to use onboard sound with that setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAD4466HK View Post
    I hope your not going to use onboard sound with that setup
    I'm going to try it!
    Right now I have a 6-year-old Turtle Beach Santa Cruz that sounds OK, I was just courious if the new Intel onboard HiDef sound was as good. If not, I'll just keep using the TBSC until something much better comes along.
    I like listening to music, so if you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.
    I have a seperate card (ESI Juli@) for sound and music recording that is only 3 years old and the next jump up from that is a $1,200 Lynx2.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulTa View Post
    uhg, I'd get a better graphics card.
    You can spring for a DX10 card for 299 on newegg. It's the EVGA KO one, overclocked out of the box, and a real good deal for the price.
    I'm sure the DX10 cards are just great, but I'm not a gamer and that price diffference is more than DOUBLE.
    As it stands, I think the ATI 1950 Pro card is massive overkill, but the last video card I purchased was in 2001 (ATI 8500 64MB) and it still works fine except when I resize a window in XP it leaves "tracks".
    OK, maybe it is just a little old.
    The only reason I replaced it at all (other than AGP/PCIe reasons) is being it's just too wimpy to correctly drive a 1600 X 1200 monitor.

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    How much loot are you willing to spend on a soundcard?
    This is a good card without the X-RAM and front bay
    And I'm sure you can find it cheaper


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102006

    If you want to stick with the TB brand

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829118109
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    why did you get that hdd? why not a seagate 7200.10 hdd, for like ~$10 more, and it will def smoke that thing....why do so many people think of hard drives so lightly? from an old 5400rpm ide hdd, to this seagate 7200.10, my PCmark 04 score went up ~300 points, and in 05 it went up almost a thousand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAD4466HK View Post
    How much loot are you willing to spend on a soundcard?

    If you want to stick with the TB brand

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829118109
    I briefly looked at that TB but just didn't see any advantages to what I have with a 2.1 speaker system. Have you listened to it yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by flclisgreat View Post
    why did you get that hdd? why not a seagate 7200.10 hdd, for like ~$10 more, and it will def smoke that thing....why do so many people think of hard drives so lightly? from an old 5400rpm ide hdd, to this seagate 7200.10, my PCmark 04 score went up ~300 points, and in 05 it went up almost a thousand...
    Any modern hard drive compared to an older 5400 RPM drive will seem fast.
    I put a lot of thought into the drives and Storage Review (in both their reviews and forums) agree that the WD RE2 YS is the faster drive for how I will be using it.

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    The Montego is a good soundcard IMAO
    And yes, I have heard them in action

    Unless you plan on upgrading to a 5.1-7.1 system, you might just be better off with your onboard sound matched with your 2.1 system for now
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAD4466HK View Post
    The Montego is a good soundcard IMAO
    And yes, I have heard them in action

    Unless you plan on upgrading to a 5.1-7.1 system, you might just be better off with your onboard sound matched with your 2.1 system for now
    Yeah, that's the thing. I don't really plan on going beyond 2.1 with my computer and if I want to "really hear the music" then I'll just hook up the output on my Juli@ to my 'real' stereo and get sued into the dirt by my own Home Owner's Association.

    I steer clear of creative for the 'sins of their past' and I'm none too happy with Turtle Beach because they don't give any clear idea on when (if ever) they will have 64bit drivers out for Vista.
    Maybe sometime in 2008 is their guess, but even on THAT they are fuzzy. They do not even have Vista32 drivers out yet for the Montego.

    I'm just hoping that the new Hi Def on board Intel sound will be a lot better than the old AC'97 was/is.
    That tasted like ass!

    If I'm wrong on that hope, I'll have to buy something with good 64bit Vista support out of the box (today) as I don't intend to wait around for a sound card manufacturer to get around to making a driver that works.
    I made that mistake several years ago.
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    The 7.1 sound on the BX2 is just fine, thank you.

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