I'm building a new system and could really use some advice about my build. Please take the following into consideration:
Price, $1200 w/ a little headroom if need be Overclockable, I want to take this machine as far as possible, 3ghz++ (3.4, 3.5 if possible) Aesthetics, Must look AWESOME inside and out. I have yet to decide on the case, but that is more of a preference and for another day. Quiet as possible
(I'm willing to take the db hit on the raptor for the performance gain, however) Power Efficient PSU & to Run as cool as possible taking the overclocking into consideration
I've narrowed down my graphic card selection to these two, futhermore, if need be I will buy an after market fan to cut down on noise and improve cooling. Also, my next upgrade will be a 24" Dell LCD which has a native res of 1920x1200, with that being said, which card would I be better of with? Also, for purely aestetic reasons, I'm leaning towards the nvidia card since the 680i chipset says "NVIDIA" all over it, it would be kinda odd to have an ATI card.
I can't justify buying the fastest RAM that costs over $300 a stick. I want RAM that is very overclockable, has a great performance/price ratio, is very reliable, and looks good . Overclockable 800mhz ram seems the way to go, but I am open to any advice. Brand suggestions would be a great help. I would like to start off with 2gb and buy an additional 2gb later in time.
Please critique my decisions and play devil's advocate, if there is a solution you feel is better for my needs, let me know as I an open to any advice you guys are willing to give.