I just ordered my upgrade parts and its been a few years since I've done this type of an update. I'm not a OC'er but I am a gamer, I thought of waiting for the DC10 cards but decieded against it since I dont want to wait. If I kept waiting for the next greatest thing I'll never update my system.
I'll be bringing my Case, HDD, and Optical drives over from my current system. Do you see any problems I may run into putting these all together?
While that may be true, the minimal cost ($5-$10) is definitely worth it, especially if you may want to dabble in overclocking once or twice.
I hate to say it like this, but what is 5-10 bucks on a, what? 1000 dollar build? It's always nice to have the best, and there won't be a downside to having it. Just make sure there isn't too much applied when you use it. That can get messy.
if yer not OCing i see no reason to use somethin like arctic silver
Or the memory he chose.
PC2 5400 will perform the same or better then PC2 6400 due to a lower latency when using the stock FSB clocks.
Only when overclocking would PC2 6400 be useful. This would save you a few bucks.
Also ditch the Antec Power Supply. Enermax, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Fortron and OCZ all make superior Power Supplies. Antec is mediocre and not that efficient (they don't reach 80% efficiency on any level Idle, mid or high loads). I don't know about you but I would very much preffer a power supply that generates power rather then heat which would end up wasting my money on a higher electricity bill and on better cooling in my case.