I spent the last four days researching all the parts that I needed for my new computer. Since this is the first time I'm building one I wanted to make sure I picked all the right stuff before I ordered everything.
You could save almost $200 by getting the Asus A8R-MVP and the X1800XT retail with an Opteron 175 (which is equivalant to the X2-4400 you selected but better)
I got this setup, with two Raptors and that 2405FPW you are getting.
I also got two WD 7200 250gig SATA2 drives for storage.
First off, you've done your research well. But there's a few thing that could improve
That raptor is not gonna give you significant speed increase whereas two cheap WD 80gb SATA in raid 0 for $110 will be faster and more storage.
For $185 you don't get a 96khz sound card, get one with 192khz
DON"T buy the Media Center!!! You want Xp Pro with SP2 for gaming
Are you OCing? YOu did pick a Zalman fan. If not, stick with the stock HSF
THAT EVGA IS WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!!! YOU are better off getting the one for ~$470 and OC it to that stat. Or, you get the Sapphire X1800XT for $500 and OC to 700/800, heck lot faster and cheaper
Why does everybody choose the G7? I would choose the MX1000 with more buttons but that's my opinion.
Cases are people's personal whim but for such a high end system I would take the saved $$$ towards a more sturdy case with better features(the Xion is very good for the price but not the strongest case there is...)
edit: rich got his reply in while i was typing mine, so some repeats