The floppy drive does have a built in card reader, for the sake of saving just a few pounds I would much sooner save the space in my system by having them together using 1 tidy 3.5” slot, or not having to use an external USB card reader.
There are only 4 SATA ports on the board thus opting to use IDE for the DVD-RW drives, one of the 4 ports is been used by an external SATA connection port on top of the case, which leave room for 3 hard drives, the reason I have opted for the 3 different types of drive in the system, is to firstly use the Raptor to install the OS and all other software such as games etc, then use the 1TB hard drive to store all media files, such as my music collection and videos, then finally the last 300GB Hard drive will purely be used as a download target when downloading files from the internet, the theroy been I will be able to download without suffering performance issues relating to use of the other 2 hard drives while in the process of downloading and also if I download a bad file that messes up the drive I will simply be able to format the etra drive without effecting all my files and software.
The keyboard cost is not really an issue since it will be in my living room, I would sooner pay a little extra and have a good looking keyboard, plus it not essential for me to buy a keyboard straight away since I can always use the keyboard I already have on a temporary basis once the system is up and running until I have the spare cash to upgrade the keyboard.
As for XP pro see link here:http://cgi.ebay.co.u...id=p3286.c0.m14
Cheapest I have seen it for, except I am starting to lean more towards going for Vista Ultimate OEM edition which I can pick up for around £120 anyway the more I think about it, although I am not really a vista fan, im hoping the system should handle Vista without any performance issues, plus it would allow me to further upgrade the RAM from 4GB to 8GB should need be in the future, plus the use of DirectX 10 for gaming and been all round more future proof because I do want this build to last me a very long time once complete and fully upgraded.
Edited by KillerShark1978, 08 October 2008 - 09:47 AM.