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Cases (for me) aren't a big deal; I like them big and simple, and this one looks like it is, so you're fine there.
Video card is a G92. Nvidia has apparently taken a nose-dive quality-wise since the G80 chip in the first runs of the 8800GTS. You might get lucky, you might get a gremlin. -1 point.
Creative sucks, but whatever, it will make noise for you.
Power supply should be big enough.
2 gigs of ram is rather poor these days, and on a 64-bit archetecture you don't have the address limit excuse to not buy up, especially now that the RAM prices have been experiencing a price war. -1 point.
I am unfamilar with Gigabyte's mobo reputation. The processor's performance will be as good as your motherboard allows it to be. -0 if your mobo gives you liberty, -2 if your mobo is a fascist.
I would haqve ditched the Xfi (I have one and Creative' support sucks) and bought a 4850 instead of that 8800. I also wouldn't build a new box with less than 4GB of RAM, especially since it is so darn cheap these days. The rest of the stuff looks pretty good. Gigabyte makes pretty good boards. If you plan on overclocking, you're going to need to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler.
That said, save for the RAM, your computer beats mine in pretty much every area. What kind of hard drive are you using?
As it stands, I'd give you a 6/10, mainly because of the video card and the 2GB of RAM. The rest of it looks pretty good.
Like Buckets and Magna have said, you could have gone with 4 GBs of RAM.
Due to the drop in pricing on quad-cores, I would have suggested a Q6600 instead of the E8400. Although the E8400 isn't bad (quite fast), a quad-core would have been nicer for me since I tend to mutlitask heavily and use processor intensive applications.
Also games are starting to support multiple cores quite well. A lot of the newer titles already have basic dual-core support and games like Far Cry 2 are going to support quad-cores as well.
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The reason I got the sound card is so I could play Ultra High sound quality in Battlefield 2. You need a Soundblaster with X-Fi to do that, stupid and cheap in my opinion, but oh well. The only game I play right now is Battlefield 2, and Project Reality. I'll add 2 more GB of RAM when BF3 is going to come out. My hard drive and CD drives need to be upgraded too, I didn't bother to. I have 1x Seagate, ATA, 200 GigaBytes - 1x Maxtor, ATA, 81 GigaBytes for Hard Drives, and Sony DVD RW DRU-500A for my DVD Drive.
WINE maps the Windows APIs to their equivalent Linux APIs. In crude form, a call to WinDrawSprite gets mapped to LinDrawSprite. Except that the APIs don't match one-to-one, so in some cases multiple Windows APIs turn into one Linux one, or vice versa.
The machine instruction set is still the same, so the program runs at full speed.
At one point my game PC was unstable under XP64 with 2 sticks of memory, so I pulled a stick out. That made the system unbearably slow. So I switched from running WoW natively to running it in Wine under Linux. Linux has a much smaller memory footprint than Windows, so that freed up enough memory to get acceptable performance with half the memory. It ran as fast in that setup as it did with the original amount of memory under XP.
Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?
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