Looks good to me. But as for the video card, I like eVGA since they got lifetime warranty and Trade-In thing for a better card in a 90 day period. And there about the same price with Mail In rebate. And I'm surpised no oen told you to get consair ram but I guess if that's ram you want to get then don't let me stop you.
Please reconsider your memory options and go for ddr2 800 (PC2 6400)
Memory is a vital portion of your system, and you want to leave room for upgrading in the future. If you're not getting 2gb now, invest in a single 1gb stick, and in the future, purchase another stick later on. DDR2 667 doesn't offer much improvement, you definitely want to begin at 800.
I suggest OCZ. Out of 5 rigs built with DDR OCZ memory, with fast timings, they've overclocked and performed gorgeously. Newegg offers many options as well.
* OCZ Gold 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Unbuffered System Memory Model OCZ2G8001G - Retail
PSU - I really thought people would be saying I was overdoing it with the PSU considering this isn't an SLI rig. The biggest perk of that PSU, besides the Antec name, is modular cords which I'm pretty fond of.
RAM - To be perfectly honest, I'd seen so many people using paired RAM sticks, I was worried that maybe they had to be installed in pairs, but I was too embarrassed to ask. I don't think I'd have saved much money anyhow and there's 2 more slots on that MB for future expansion. I got the 667 RAM because the 800 seemed to be overpriced in comparison and I saw an article (on Anandtech?) about how well they were able to overclock the 667. I've heard good things about OCZ RAM, but not in combination with this motherboard, at least with early BIOSes. The Patriot got high marks in comparison. I'm never going to try to push the overclocking to the limits anyhow.
I particularly appreciate the tip to increase airflow as I haven't seen a Coolermaster case before. Thanks!
Never be too embarassed to ask a question here! This is one of the forums that (generally) you shouldn't get flamed for even the dumbest question. As long as you are open to answers that is.
The Antec PSU will be just fine for your rig and I have yet to hear of a failed Antec in any of the builds I have done.
I also agree with you that if the price of the 667 RAM is good, get that instead. OCZ can easily OC to 800 with a minor voltage increase, if it is even needed. I have heard good things about Patriot memory, not awesome overclocking stuff, but always heard to be rock solid stable and decent overclocking capabilities.
Your system looks pretty good, if I were you I'd consider the following,
1. Purchasing cheaper DDR533 (instead of 667) and
2. Hopefully the difference (and a few more bucks out of pocket) would be enough to get an E6400 instead of an E6300.
While high performance memory benefits AMD processors significantly the same is not true on the Conroe platform. Many benchmarks show this. Here is one which includes reviews of various motherboards along with "budget" memory.
I also agree with you that if the price of the 667 RAM is good, get that instead. OCZ can easily OC to 800 with a minor voltage increase, if it is even needed.
You're bringing OCZ into this conversation when so many people have complained that it makes their 965 platform unbootable? And some guys are even buying another cheap module just to get their system into BIOS Setup...to manually set values and make the OCZ bootable? What a waste.
I'm hoping that OCZ is the only company with this problem. I can only confirm Corsair at this point, unless Patriot wants to send me something free.