I recently (for xmas) got about $1700, which I want to use to build my own computer. Since I've never done this before, I wanted to make sure that the following setup won't explode in my face. Thank You in advance for any help you can give me.
CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor
(i wanted to go with this motherboard rather then the lower model because I do multi-task a lot)
GPU- eVGA GeForce 8800GTS (I like to remain at top of the new tech and this is the new gpu out in the market...plus my computer at the moment fails in GPU power so I'm mkaing up for it with this one)
I suggest going with Seagate 7200.10 series hard drives, they have great performace and comes with a 5 year warrenty instead of 3 years. Other than that, I would go with the E6600 and put the money you save from that into cooling such as liquid or just a really good tower. Flewis is right on the money about the timings, and don't think that you are limited to using Corsair. Their are other great memmory makers out there also such as, G.Skill, GeIL, and OCZ.
I would stay away from reference design 680i motherboards, such as eVGA. Read/write corruption problems occur when they are used with SATA drives. NVIDIA is working on the problem and has released beta drivers. But from what I have read, the problem has not been completely solved yet. I am an eVGA fan myself, but if you are considering going witht the 680i chipset, I would chouse an Asus or MSI board (non-reference design) until NVIDIA solves all the issues.