I have put together my list of what I believe will provide me with the ability to play many of the graphics-intensive games smoothly (at 12x10)with moderate eye-candy, as well as leave me some room to upgrade some components later when prices become more reasonable (IMO).
Let me know what you think - TIA
Antec Truepower Trio 650W
ASUS P5B Deluxe
Sapphire X1950XT 256
Corsair XMS2 2X1GB DDR2-800 5-5-5-12
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB
LG Supermulti Optical
Artic Freezer 7 Pro
Win XP Pro - already own
Comes to about 1550 - 95 rebates
The plan is to wait for DX10 & Vista to get worked out a bit before I buy into a DX10 card.
I don't plan to do any serious OC, just a modest amount, and while the word is that the Tuniq 120 is 'the bomb' for coolers, it also weighs as much as a bomb. It does look cool tho 8) . I also hear nice things about the AC7FP.