I might get flamed for this, but...APPLE SUCKS!!!
In all seriousness though welcome back and nice build.
Thanks for the post. I actually read it a few weeks ago but had already purchased the card for dirt cheap. I liked the features it offered for my headphones and well simply it sounds good to me. Did need this card? Not really but I put it in anyway. Plus the stats ARE debatable and there are great points from every angle. This post from the Write Up is what I'm talking about:
"TLDR: unless you really love your audio and are going to spend $200 on a sound card, there is a reasonable chance your mobo onboard audio will be better than the cheap sound card you're thinking of adding. Check the stats before buying!
I totally disagree with this statement.
1) a dedicated soundcard, even a soundblaster $15 ones, are better sounding than most brand new onboard chipsets.
2) don't bother checking the stats. the stats like SNR, word length and sample rate support will tell you absolutely nothing about sound quality. Most of the time, you will have a speaker with a SNR lower than the SNR of the codec, and unless you are into high def audio, which by judging by you using onboard you are not, you have music files of lower than 16bits/44.1kHz (CD quality) or MP3...
In saying most people don't need soundcard as an add on, you are probably right. but if you like your games or music to sound good, you should get a soundcard that is within your budget. Xonar DG is a fantastic value card for either, and if you spend $200, you will get better sound... you just lose value, but it will sound a lot better than cheaper ones."
See what I mean. Also, the OCZ might have a bad rep for some but there are quite a few people giving it good ratings so all can't be bad. So far so good.
Thanks for your comments. I went back and forth on getting an aftermarket heatsink and soundcard. I got the Xonar for dirt cheap and I like it's clarity with my Sony studio headphones. It works for me. On the video card and PSU, I honestly picked the card/PSU I felt best suited my needs at the time of purchase. It was the best option for me at the time.
I know some people feel iffy about OCz PSU but the overall ratings are pretty good for it. And again this build isnt all about extreme gaming. I really want to go COSAIR or Seasonic for PSU in my next build.
Very cool! Also...was trying to purchase some stickers from your site the other day and couldnt find the option to pay with paypal. Maybe i'm just blind?