Final Build - Last minute thoughts? - let me know what you think. Going to place order today. upgraded to 680i mobo. Going to use optical drive from old comp. decided on on 160 gb drive as i don't wanna deal with raid 0 as i have never done it before. Let me know if you have any recommendations that'll keep me in the same price range.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $44.99
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM $7.99
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JSRTL 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail $59.99
If you want a Zalman, get a 9500. Most people here won't even suggest a Zalman because they're overpriced....they'll probably suggest a Scythe, Tuniq, or something of the sort.
Only thing I could see is given the capability of your system....no offense, but you're really cheaping out on the monitor. With all that horsepower and the 8800 GTX, buying a Sceptre is...well....cheap. Get a Samsung or something comparable.......it's not that much more when you look at how much you're paying for the whole system.
That monitor seems a tad on the expensive side with some of the deals floating out there today/tomorrow. I'd look around a bit.
Can't complain about the vid card. Planning to OC? If not, do you really need the A/M HSF? Some will disagree, but oh well. Not that your PSU is a bad choice, but I bet with a little looking, you can save some money there with a different name brand, and still give yourself plenty of power.
Corsair is good memory, but your paying for the name. Can probably save enough there to make up for the extra cash on the HDD.
True about the monitor, but response time and contrast isn't everything.....they have nothing to do with "image quality" per se. Sceptre is a "low-end" manufacturer. Color rendition may or may not be important to you, it's less so in games, more so in photographs, etc.
As for memory, Corsair is overpriced. OCZ Platinum DDR2-800 is quite a bit cheaper. Some people here have gotten great overclocks on even much cheaper memory. Depends if you're gonna OC.
I agree about the HDD, get a Seagate Barracuda.
As for the PSU, that one is well reviewed, I agree that you can probably find better prices though. As for an alternate, I'm not sure what would work in that price range? OCZ GXS is good bang for the buck to begin with.