R2.0 Sabertooth doesnt have the plastic shroud, i seen a review of it pushing a 8350 to 5+GHz. Ive also learned if i Keep the HD small it reduces the amt of stuff i can lose all at once. Also about the sound card- ive used them since I owned the SB PCI512. I have a XFi PCI but i know that cards long in the tooth now. About Video cards- 290 or 290X- doesnt matter to me- ill be piecing the machine together.