Re: new specs here
Got the new system assembled and running stable.
Did however come across one issue that i couldn't resolve (gave up after many hours).
The issue relates to a new Maxtor Diamondmax 10 200gb SATA 2 drive.
After several attempts i finally got XP installed on it, but it just wouldn't get passed the black Windows screen (one with the blue left to right bar, pre desktop). In the end i gave up and replaced it with my old Diamondmax 9 200gb SATA 1 drive. Did a fresh install on that drive and its been running 100%. Also hooked up my old 80gb Maxtor ATA 133 that has all my backup stuff on it and that is running fine as well.
I've since found out through various contacts and google searches that there is apparently a possible incompatibility with the nforce4 chipset, SATA 2 and maxtor drives, in particular the Diamondmax 10.
Some users have fixed the issue by moving the drive jumper from SATA 2 to SATA 1, although that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a SATA 2 drive. However i will probably end up doing the same thing for now and use it for backup. Also there is reportedly an updated maxtor firmware that can fix the issue, but my drive already has the new firmware.
Apart from the nforce issue i am impressed by the quality of the Asus board and the contents of the box.
Audio quality from the X-Fi Fatal1ty is amazing.