After much internal (and fierce) debate, I decided to forgo the TV tuner card for the moment on my first personal built gaming computer and decided to get the best of the best (at least in my area). Picked up the 8800 GT OC edition and can't wait until the mobo arrives to give it a whirl. I thought about the 8800 XLRT Edition but figured this should be more than I probably need for the time being.
After reading some of Tazz's input asking why ppl purchase the OC editions and then want to OverClock them even higher, I took that bit of wisdom and figured why go through the OC process if it's already been done for me? Saves me time and also prevents the possibility of fubuing a darn good GPU.
I was hoping the mobo would have arrived today after I got off work but no such luck. Crossing my fingers for tomorrow.
While some may call this a stretch it's akin to waiting for your first child to be born lol.
After it's built and running up to snuff I'll begin to plan for the cable management part next. I really admire the work you all do with that. After running the cables for my Thermaltake 550W I could only imagine what a nightmare it must be to try and plan far enough ahead for expansion while removing (possibly) unnecessary cables and hoping you won't need them later.
I was hoping to go with a 1 TB drive to plan ahead for (again) expansion but limited my budget to be able to afford the GPU and settled instead for a WD 320Gb HD. I may add another of the same later if and when needed. The PSU is in the Antec 900 and the cables are installed.
One note about the Antec 900 case. The ability to easily add HDD is really nice but they messed up on the insert box for the floppy drive. The black plastic box along with the cage front adapter need to be better sized so that the cage cover can more easily slip over the box after it's been inserted into the case. That part (for me) turned out to be quite the nightmare and took a few wrenches and patience to bend back into place. Other than that though it's been a dream working with this case and I can't say enough good stuff about it. Of course not everything has been installed into it yet but there's is tons of room in this thing compared to the normal store bought mid-tower cases that the general public has become accustomed to.
Even though it's not completed yet, I can't see me ever going back to a store bought computer ever again.
Settling for a Yugo when you can build (and afford) your own Corvette makes much more sense.
And OMG the fan on the top.....Hugo Giganticus Maximus!!! 200 freakin mm. When my computer illiterate buddy saw it he asked if it was suppose to fly or something lol. Biggus Dickus would be proud lol.