Need Advice! - Components for all-around +Gaming machine

I'm going to be building a new system & I need to do it right. So, I'm looking for some advice.

My priorities:
1) Rock-solid reliability
2) Good gaming performance (doesn't have to be the best, does have to be good).
3) Upgradeable w.out changing the mobo (ie, cpu)

Other Info:
1) I will not be Over-clocking this machine
2) I will not SLI
3) I'll be running XP-Pro on it for at least a year; but I want it to be Vista-Premium capable.
4) Total budget of ~1200 (I already have monitor, kbd, mouse, DVD)

I'm already sold on the following components:

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119094
Why: Good look, good price, USB & audio ports on top

Sound:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102006
Why: When the computer is on, I'm probably either gaming or listening to music

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003
Why: It seems like the performance/price sweet-spot. Plus the 4M of L2 cache.

Video:
One of the X1950XT's - I'm not sure which one yet.
Why: I won't be moving to Vista for at least a year, & this seems like the best DX9 card for around $250


Advice Needed:
Given the above, what would you all recommend for:

Motherboard?
Memory?
Power Supply?

Thanks!
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  1. I'm definitely a noob, but with the help of some experts in here, I've developed the list below. In particular, I thought the motherboard would be good, and I'm hoping it could probably be found soon below $250. (one draw back is that you might need SATA DVD if you are planning on overclocking)

    Motherboard $200-$350
    GigaByte GA-965P-DQ6 (rev. 2.0)
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx...oductID

    CPU $320
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 CPU
    http://indigo.intel.com/compare_cpu/default.aspx?familyID=1&culture=en-US

    Graphics Card $600
    GigaByte GV-NX88X768H-RH GeForce 8800 GTX
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2399

    Memory $260
    Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 DDR2 800MHZ (2 Gigs Total)
    http://www.corsair.com/corsair/products/specs/TWIN2X2048-6400C4.pdf

    Hard Drive $200
    Western Digital Raptor WD1500AHFDRTL SATA 150GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive
    http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=190

    Case $160
    Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chassis/fulltower/armor/va8003bws.asp

    PSU $230
    PC Power & Cooling SILENCER® 750 QUAD
    http://www.pcpower.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S75Q

    Cooling for CPU $50
    Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler Retail
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=373500&amp...odlist=

    Optical Drive $100
    Samsung SH-S183L
    http://www.samsung.com/Products/OpticalDiscDrive/DVDWriter/OpticalDisc...ve_DVDW

    OS
    Windows XP
    www.microsoft.com

    TOTAL $2270 + TAX

    Future Upgrades

    Quad Core
    (2) R600
    (additional) 2 Gigs RAM
    (additional) WD Raptor X
    Liquid Cooling
    Windows Vista
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