Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model LH-20A1H-186 - Retail
Total price shipped is $1581 from Newegg. I already have a Samsung 19" 2ms WS, SB Audigy 2zs, Logitech G15, and Razer Copperhead mouse.
So is all this stuff gonna work in harmony here? It's been quite a few years since I've done a build, and things have changed a bit. Also, is there anything that I should upgrade, downgrade, or have left out?
I'd keep that ram if you can afford it. Corsair has always given me top notch products, they are worth every cent. Everything else looks good (although I do agree you should look into the recommended Power Supplies). That MB/CPU/8800GTS setup will be awesome. The only other upgrade you can do is the 8800GTX, but I am sure you already have considered that.
Yup I would dump the PSU. I have a Corsair 620-HX and man this thing rocks. Modular cables, 5 yr warranty, and very good stability. If it pushes you out of your price range I would Dump the overpriced 680i mobo (unless you plan on going SLI which would be a waste with a 19in monitor) and pick up the Gigabyte P965-DS3 instead. Great little mobo and alot cheaper than the 680i chipsets with same performance. This should free up your budget enough for the corsair PSU.
Ok, cool, thanks for the replies. No, I don't plan on going SLI, I just don't see a good enough price for performance with it, So I will dump the 680i and go for the Gigabyte. I'll also look at different psu's. Wasn't sure of the Raidmax, I just went with a price point. One last question, do you guys think that the 320mb version of the 8800 gts is worth the savings, or should I stick with the 640mb? I don't plan on upgrading for probably a couple years, so I'm assuming the 640mb is the way to go.
I lied, one more question. How about an E6400 compared to the E6600 I picked out? Worth the extra money? I've never overclocked anything before, but I would like to mess with it a bit. But assuming i don't oc, would I notice a big performance difference at stock settings?