To start, I would like to thank anyone and everyone who helps me out or gives me suggestions; this is going to be my first build so any suggestions will probably help. I'm looking to do graphic and digital imaging with this system as well as have fun with any game out there. As with any consumer I'm trying to get the best system for my money, money is not really a factor but i would rather spend money on other stuff, but im lookin to spend +/- 1400 (less is always better of course) :?
All very solid picks. Of the two, I would choose the MSI board. Cheaper and Intel MB are solid reference boards and that is all, I have had a problem with one since I bought it. I have heard Samsaug DVD's are quieter and are priced the same. NEC is a good pick for the money also. What monitor are you using? I guess you have it along with KB and mouse. And the OS? Some programs might be able to use 4 gbs but you can always add more if needed.
I would personally go for a motherboard on the 965 chipset rather than 976X or 650i, something like the Asus P5B with the inbuilt Wi-Fi - 965's generally overclock better and have better HDD performance.
If you're not overclocking, bad axe 2 is the best imo. If you are, get p965, 650i or 680i. I'm overclocking the p965 which needs high quality & expensive ram to go higher. 650i & 680i can use cheap or even generic ram & o/c's only the cpu to as high as you can get or the parts allow. The 6x0i is easier to o/c.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600: Looks good.
Thermaltake Tsunami: Looks good.
Intel Motherboard: I would never buy an intel motherboard.
MSI Motherboard: Bad experiences with MSI.
Suggestions: Try an ASUS P5B or a Gigabyte DS3.
eVGA 8800GTS: Get the 640MB version. It will add longevity to your system.
OCZ GameXStream: Looks good.
Patriot eXtreme Performance: For that money go Corsair Dominator.
NEC Optical Drive: Looks good.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7: Get Masscool Shin-Etsu. It is the best for air cooling.
Do not get an SLI motherboard and the 320mb version of the video card.
In SLI mode this card will hit memory constraints before the processing power of the second card will help. You are far better off getting a less expensive 965 motherboard which will run faster and allow you to save the cash for a better video card.
Well I wasnt limiting my self on the motherboard, thats just the 2 of the mobo's that grabbed my attention at the moment. I appreciated all the suggestions that were given they are all very usefull to me, and it will better help me make my decision.