What I would like some help with? Deciding which build I should go with. It gets complicated.
Sound Card? I own a Creative X-Fi PCI sound card that may or may not fit into these systems. This depends on whether there is enough room for it after I install the aftermarket cooler on the GPU as this may take up more space than the stock cooler. Do you think there will be enough room with the current aftermarket cooler selected? Maybe with a different cooler (I've noticed that neweggs selection for gpu coolers is slim)? With the Core i5 and i7 motherboards, I could just put the graphics card in the second PCI-E slot and then buy a new PCI-E sound card. The only problem that I see with this is that the second PCI-E slot might only operate at 8x. Would this cause and unfortunate decrease in graphics performance?
($0) Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Motherboards
The second link is to a list of motherboards. I'm having difficulty picking one, especially since they are all so similar.
Pros: 8 gigs of memory (overclocked), Cheapest build, Could use the Onboard GPU while I wait for the 5850 to get in stock
Cons: Still need to chose a Motherboard, No Triple Channel memory
(+$45) Core i5 750
Pros: 8 gigs of memory (overclocked)
Cons: No Triple Channel Memory, needs a gpu to turn on
(+$127) Core i7 920
Pros: Triple Channel memory, newest tech
Cons: Most expensive, only 6 gigs of memory, needs a gpu to turn on
Other thoughts: Since I want to record a lot of HD video that I wouldn't want to lose, should I raid up the HDD? I haven't looked into raids that much and I also don't know much about them.
I hope I did an adequate job explaining my dilemma. Thank you for any advice that you may give me.
Edited by Illuminate88, 30 November 2009 - 10:31 PM.