After all the research here is what I have come up with, plan to order wednesday unless someone points out a major flaw. All these items are found on newegg except the screen which im buying directly from dell. I hope to overclock CPU, GPU, and RAM.
Moniter: DELL - UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1-inch Wide Aspect Flat Panel LCD Monitor with Height Adjustable Stand and 3-Year Warranty
Case: Antec Preformance I P180 ATX Midtower
Motherboard: ASUS A8R-MVP Socket 939 ATI Radeon XPRESS 200
CrossFire ATX AMD CrossFire
RAM: G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
Video Card: HIS Hightech H180XL256DVN Radeon X1800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12-500 ATX12V 500W
CPU: AMD Opteron 148 Venus 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor (Oh please god give me a good CABNE or CABYE stepping)
HSF for CPU: THERMALRIGHT SI-120 High Performance Heatsink with a Panasonic Panaflo FBA12G 12U1C 120mm Hydro Wave Case Cooling Fan mounted on top.
Hard Drives: Western Digital Raptor WD360GD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 and HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Keyboard/Mouse: Saitek Eclipse PZ30AU-RED Black USB Wired Standard, Razer Diamondback Precision Gaming Mouse RZD-1600 Salamander Red 7 Buttons 1x Wheel USB
It took me a few days to get used to the thing, but man, I'm a gamer and will never look back to optical.
Of course you have to slow it down from all your old settings, but there is just no lag, and does not miss a beat!!
I've been playing Quake 3 Arena-Freeze Tag, which I usually play when I do a hardware update like a mouse, just to get my aim back on mark. Then go to Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R., Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942 - Forgotten Hope. I must say, I was good before, this mouse made me a much better shot.
Nice build all together though. Good luck!! Will be looking at your build and compairing it to mine I will be building in a few more weeks. Waiting to see the video cards dule it out more before I go forth with it. Just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the quick replies. I updated the HD to the 74gb version, changed the mouse to the one you all reccomended however, that video card is a x800xl not x1800xl which i believe there is a pretty big performance gap between the 2. However, I still am sticking with the HSF I have chosen unless you can show or tell me why those 2 you recommended would outperform the one I chose. Also is that RAM compatible with my MB being DDR500? PC4000.
Why are you spending 2300 on a system and getting an x800xl card? Its a good card, but it isn't compatible with shader 3.0... for 100$ more your should be able to get an entry level 7800 card... But you never told us what you want to do with the system either..
The only thing I'd change is that 250GB Hard drive. I suffered once with the IBM deskStar series imfamous click-of-death on one of my drives. Then Hitachi bought their drive division and I was a fan boy for some reason so I bought a couple of those 250GB drives you're looking at. They both seemed flaky to me and one died already.
I switched to Maxtors and it felt like a breath of fresh air in comparison. I believe Maxtor is going away as well but I'd say choose something besides Hitachi. Since IBM built those drives they've sucked.
In my opinion from personal experience anyways..... you may have better luck.
personally, i would go with SLI, i haven't heard to many good things about the crossfire. . I would go with the Asus A8N-SLI Premium it does have 2 16X pci slots. I would go with athlon 64 3700 san diego 2.2. i didn't even know that was an opteron for a 939 socket. and then get a 7800 gtx video card it is the fastest right now.
Im sorry but I don't think you really know what you talking about. The Opteron 148 Venus is socket 939 and has way more overclocking capablilities than the one you recommended. As far as Vid cards go, check out Anandtechs benchmarks. Speaks for itself. $$ wise x1800xt is the way to go in my opinion.