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Ok here's an update. OCZ PSU - enroute, Crucial Ballistix RAM - enroute, and Tuniq Tower HSF - enroute. That took 2/3 of my paycheck this week LOL so next week I'm getting the Antec 900 case, and looking for a better HDD.

Still not sure what I'll do as far as HDD though. Two HDD's or One? Cause I heard you get alot of problems if you use compression on the OS installed HDD. Well maybe not alot of problems, but problems none the less. Plus I have alot of stuff I want to back up, Music and DVD collections... so I'll need plenty of space for years to come. Any recommendations on a HDD, anyone? And please no...Western Digital..trying to stay away from them! LOL I like Seagate and haven't heard alot of stuff on some of the other brands. Looks like I'm spending alot of time looking around, but I gotta week so no biggie. Ok enough rambling..later guys!
    
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Anyone know if this card is actually worth buying? Reviews said it was an awesome card. I've been using on-board sound, yes, don't laugh lol jk I know it's horrible so I need to upgrade to an actual sound card! Planning on getting a sound card next week when i order my Antec 900
    
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A lot of people prefer the X-FI XtremeMusic over the XtremeGamer. Note: This is not the same as the XtremeAudio.

I have been using onboard audio so far too... We're going to have similar builds.
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I was looking on www.newegg.com I couldn't find the X-FI XtremeMusic Card...I did find the XtremeAudio, but the reviews were not so good...so that's out of the question..I'll see if I can locate the card on another website, if not then I might just go with the XtremeGamer, it just seemed to be the best option, don't want a cheap one that sucks, but don't need the FPS Card either, it's more than I want to spend on a sound card.

Also, per advice in the HDD section I'll be going with 2 - Seagate Barracuda 320GB HDD's, learning about RAID to setup for best performance when I go to install.

Cool, maybe we can help each other out, PeaceMaker..compare OC results and such so that we can get the best performance out of our soon to be awesome rigs!
    
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I was looking on www.newegg.com I couldn't find the X-FI XtremeMusic Card...I did find the XtremeAudio, but the reviews were not so good...so that's out of the question..I'll see if I can locate the card on another website, if not then I might just go with the XtremeGamer, it just seemed to be the best option, don't want a cheap one that sucks, but don't need the FPS Card either, it's more than I want to spend on a sound card.

Also, per advice in the HDD section I'll be going with 2 - Seagate Barracuda 320GB HDD's, learning about RAID to setup for best performance when I go to install.

Cool, maybe we can help each other out, PeaceMaker..compare OC results and such so that we can get the best performance out of our soon to be awesome rigs!
Definitely. That's funny, you got the same exact RAM as me. When I ordered the RAM, I got 2 Seagate Barracudas 320GB 7200.10 (Perpendicular recording), a Sony DVD-ROM, and lastly the new LG dvd burner you were talking about in your other post

Oh, btw--found a deal on the XtremeMusic at a reputable site:
http://shop1.outpost.com/%7B5UrNhCtt...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
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Originally Posted by AA_Samurai View Post
I was looking on www.newegg.com I couldn't find the X-FI XtremeMusic Card...I did find the XtremeAudio, but the reviews were not so good...so that's out of the question..I'll see if I can locate the card on another website, if not then I might just go with the XtremeGamer...
You can't find the ExtremeMusic card because Creative Labs has retired it and replaced it with the ExtremeGamer.

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The current Elite-listed X-Fi Xtreme Music, is being retired, and replaced by the Xtreme Gamer. This new card includes all the core features of the Xtreme Music card, with a couple of neat new touches thrown in, such as the media PC-friendly half-height PCB.
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Yeah, I was wondering why I couldn't find it on newegg, well that's cool then I think I'll still get the XtremeGamer then. Wow, PeaceMaker, we are going to have very similiar rigs! lol I'm going with RAID 0 on mine, looks like that setup works best for what I do; gaming, music, movies, etc. I had put the XtremeGamer on my wish list, along with the 2 Seagate Barracudas, and the Antec 900...just sitting there waiting for me to click "Add to Cart". LOL
    
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Update!! Got home from work and there it was, Tuniq Tower 120! I knew it was pretty big, but WOW! This thing is HUGE!! This thing could probably cool a Jumbo Jet! LOL

The OCZ 700W PSU and Ballistix DDR2 800 2GB RAM will be coming tomorrow! Looking forward to taking pics of everything once they have arrived, good thing I have a king size bed to put it all on!! LOL Just a couple more weeks and I'll be able to start building.

I was thinking about getting the XP 64-Bit OS cause it supports 4GB of RAM, but is it really worth upgrading to? Does it perform alot better than XP Pro? Thanks guys!
    
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Update!! Got home from work and there it was, Tuniq Tower 120! I knew it was pretty big, but WOW! This thing is HUGE!! This thing could probably cool a Jumbo Jet! LOL

The OCZ 700W PSU and Ballistix DDR2 800 2GB RAM will be coming tomorrow! Looking forward to taking pics of everything once they have arrived, good thing I have a king size bed to put it all on!! LOL Just a couple more weeks and I'll be able to start building.

I was thinking about getting the XP 64-Bit OS cause it supports 4GB of RAM, but is it really worth upgrading to? Does it perform alot better than XP Pro? Thanks guys!
I have the same question regarding the OS. Dude, check out my Sig Rig. It's all ordered! I'm going to be put on a waiting list for the Q6600 tomorrow.
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Heck yeah, PeaceMaker, that's gonna be sweet. After seeing a post from IcedEarth I think he's convinced be to just upgrade now to Vista, it supports more RAM and is the only OS that supports DX10, which is what I want to use. Vista is supporting more and more programs and drivers so I think it'd be wise to just go with it now, instead of buying it later. That way I only have to buy one OS instead of two.
    
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