For the most part, you get an A+. Best start I have seen this week. As for your changes, depends on your needs. Will you overclock? What type of games will you play? Are you going to upgrade your graphics card using this PSU?
Yes that 500W PSU will still power an 8800, maybe 2 79xx series.
With the rebate/discount that is real good deal on DDR2-800
Your public want list points to a budget gamer, nothing like this list
slashzapper, can you recommend cheaper memory? I chose Patriot because a review, other than Kingston and PNY I have no experience with the brands of quality ram. I'm interested in recommendations.
The cpu ... I haven't overclocked before. I figure I will try to overclock, but I am not comfortable with upping the voltages. I picked the E6400 because I understand it will overclock better than the E6300 - if I could affiord it I would be going for the E6600.
I'll be checking the reviews for the X1900GT. The graphics card feels like a tightrope walk to me -- I would get an 8800GS but for the $$. I am looking for something that will work until AMD/ATI comes out with their DX10 cards and prices drop some. I wont wait any longer -- I wanted to do this build last year. Also I want to get the Vista upgrade coupon, it expires on 3/15.
Go with the 4300, not the 6400. It'll let you get a better overclock without touching the voltages, plus you'll only need 667 RAM. This will help keep costs lower too.
As for graphics card, if you want a DX10 card in the not-too-distant future in a few months, just get an EVGA 7600GT now. Reason 1: it is a very good card for the price, and will handle most current games at 1280 rez for example. But more importantly, Reason 2: EVGA has a "Step-Up" program where you can trade up to a better card, using the purchase price of your current card as a credit against the new one....but it has to be within 90 days of purchase. So you can get the 7600GT now, and then upgrade to a DX10 in 3 months for not too much more money....Win-win right there.
I want to try moderate overclocking -- go for what I can get without upping the voltages.
I play FPS's exclusively, online and solo. I have a 20" CRT that I've been running at 1280x960/1280x1024. It can go higher hut I've never had a graphics card that could do it -- ti4200, R9800, 7600GS. I plan to get in the next two years a 22" wide screen and a DX10 graphics card.
I plan for the motherboard, memory, and psu to last 'till I retire the system. So yes, graphics card upgrade with this psu and no SLI. Definetly one more hard drive, maybe total of 3 hard drives.