OK so I have an E6600 on its way and I am about to buy all the additional parts for my new machine. This is my first build in a long time so I'm hoping you can provide feedback / make sure all my components will work together.
While this runs a little over my original budget (looking to spend $1500 but will go as high as $1700), i think this is one of the best setups i can get for right now. I'll probably upgrade to a DX10 board next year. I plan on using the system for video editing and gaming.
What are you thoughts? Any changes / major issues?
As for a cooler, someone in another thread who has on order an OEM E6600 is planning to get this cooler to accompany it: here ($28.99)
Your RAM looks good as its relatively low latency.
Motherboard looks great, although it's out of stock at Newegg.
Power Supply is great.
Video card looks great.
Anandtech did a review of the Western Digital vs. Seagate hard-drives (320GB) ... and the Seagate was declared the winner. If you're interested, you can read the review here.
The Seagate Barracuda 320GB is $99.99 on Newegg, page here.
Your case should fit your needs.
Optical drive should work fine.
I couldn't agree more. Even if you don't use the saved money to upgrade your GPU, It will bring you closer to your target cost. You're not running dual video cards, so why pay that much for a board that won't do much more than one that costs around $150-$170?