Mobo: ASUS M2N-E SLI
Proc: AMD Socket AM2 5200+ Dual Core
RAM: 2 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800
Proc Fan: Thermaltake Mini Typhoon (this thing is huge!)
Video Card: 3DFuzion 256 MB (can't remember what geForce off the top of my head though)
Sound Card: Some old thing I had laying around that windows actually recognized.
Now, you look at the mobo, and then you see the sound card, and you wonder "Why the [bleep] we he use an old sound card with a mobo that has 8 channel digital on-board sound?". Great question. The answer is really fricking stupid. When you plug a USB appliance into the motherboard (or even into the front panel of the case) the board will NOT PLAY SOUND. It took me 3.5 hours of searching on the internet, playing with the audio controls, BIOS, etc., to figure this out. Apparently, this is a known problem with the ASUS motherboards.
Imagine my frustration when I booted up, everything worked splendidly, except I had no sound. And when I contacted ASUS about this, their answer was "Too bad - go buy a sound card". Why would I buy a motherboard with such great onboard sound when I can't use it? And this goes for any USB device (I have 4 and counting): Printer, keyboard, mouse, logitech gamepad.
And this wasn't the only problem I had. The front panel has 2 USB ports. I connected them at build, fired up the PC, and got a "USB over current" error. What the f*&^? Again, searched the internet for 2 hours and found out that this is another known problem and the resolution is to flash BIOS. An easy procedure, and one that I should have done anyhow. The BIOS on the mobo was March 2007, the update was June 2007, and I bought my board in August 2007. Why wouldn't ASUS just update the BIOS on any new boards it manufactures? Answer: "We want people to use our website".
I just wanted to post this so everyone else out there who is thinking of building a rig can take this into consideration. I woudn't recommend this board ever, and I will never buy an ASUS product again.