Originally Posted by RacWisco
One thing I heard that maybe you can help me with is connections for headphone for gaming. I will need to run optical im almost sure to use the yamaha reciever, but have heard that it will be a pain to switch bag to analog, for microphone/gaming headset: any thoughts on this? BTW, I have grados for music only.
This is why I recommended the Logitech sets, because they are USB powered and won't interfere with your Yamaha receiver and speaker setup. They completely bypass the sound card and run their own sound drivers. This is a great advantage because it makes them pretty much plug and play once you have installed the drivers.
Oh and as for your RAM speed vs. quantity. I still recommend GSkill or Corsair. Are you planning on going triple channel or hexachannel? If you are going triple channel (3 sticks of 4gb) then here are a couple good options:
The first link (G.Skill) are 30 bucks more but also are DDR3 2000 compared to the 1600 that the second link (Dominator) are.
If you are going with hexachannel (6 sticks of 2gb) then I would recommend these Dominator-GT:
At 1866 they are a step up above the kingston, in addition to having the Corsair quality.