I needed a computer that would last for 8 or so years, and I compiled this very upgradeable unit. I chose such a powerful CPU to offset a replacement, whereas I'll upgrade the graphics and RAM with time. I chose to add a soundcard so that I could use the optical in and out for my sound setup, 2 cables that have little interference over 8 electrical makes sense to me. I burn blu-rays for my hobby of video making. I stuck with low budget on the items that will need to be upgraded soon due to limited funds. The whole build functions quite well in my humble opinion. The pictures do not reflect that I moved the video card to the x16 slot after a tip in the comments. Thanks for your criticism!