After much research and perusing these boards I have an idea of what I'm looking at. I figured I'd throw it out here for comments, since this board seems knowledgable and willing to help.
I built from scratch about 4 years ago and figure it's time to upgrade, it will be used mainly for games and some photo editing. Haven't overclocked so that isn't a priority. Mainly looking for a decent system under 800 dollars to run some of the latest games.
All prices are New Egg, rounded up, probably shop around more when I buy...
Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Case $45.00
Like the look, not into the "bling"? I think the younger generation calls it with neon lights and spiderman graphics, my kid likes that but I'm paying for it and he only gets to "borrow" it now and then.
That's it, I'm going to reuse my CRT till I can get an LCD. Plan on using some old parts with my old case to build a system for my 3 yr old grandchild, so this isn't just upgrading the MB & video card as you can see.
Comment's, suggestions, TIA.
Also, your GPU is CRAP. The 6800XT has only 8 pipes, and it barely performs a bit above the 6600GT. For your money, I would go for a X800GTO or 7600GS. i think the X800GTOs are kind of dying out, so a 7600GS is probably a good buy right now.
I vote for the 7600GT, if you look around for a deal (sale/rebate) you can find them around $150, not much more than the card he chose. The GS isn't a terrible choice either, and you can buy some decently factory overclocked ones.