Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:03 PM
I still recommend that you initially skip the expensive Sound Blaster card and use that money to for a better speaker system. I have been using the Asus onboard sound for the last several computers; they seem to be ok once you install the latest drivers and software patches. The reason that I suggest upgrading the speakers is that my peripherals, (Speakers, Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse) seem to out last the CPUs by 3 or 4 generations.
I like Antec power supplies; the last one has a single 120 mm fan and is super quiet. I purchased a Xion case then just bought the Antec power supply to put in it. I am sure glad that I did, because I had to install the Xion power supply in my office computer last week when it went out. Man is it loud!
I defiantly agree with you decision to pick a case with 120 mm fans, they are so much quieter. Make sure you have at least USB ports in the front of the case.
I am not an expert on the video card but it seems to match the motherboard just fine, but get the one with 512mb of memory, that way you wont have any regrets...