After doing more research I've come up with the following build (gaming, video/graphics work, family pc) to last 3-5 years.
Items that I have already been ordered or delivered:
Dell 22' monitor
Logitech keyboard/mouse combo
ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131045
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SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151133
$30.99 (maybe doing 2 of these for the writing...I believe the mobo can handle 2)
2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148140
Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371001
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115013
1 - I just wanted to give someone a chance to glance over it and make sure it all works together. It should.
2 - While I once thought I didn't want to overclock, if I go with the 4300 I may try it. I read to stay away from the 6400 and 6600 and only go with the 6700 from the forums.
You are very wrong my friend. Or you didn't read well, or somebody said sh!t. No one on these forums would say to stay away from the 6400 or 6600 and go for the 6700. The 6700 is the worse buy and I'll tell you why.
When it comes to OC, you want a high multiplier to keep the northbridge less stressed. You made a good choice on the e4300 if you are going to OC, but look, the 6400 has a multiplier of 8 and the 6600 of 9, so you'll reach higher frequencies with a lower fsb. The 6600 has 4Mb of cache and that would be a little boost (max of 10% in some apps clock for clock), and so the 6700; but the performance between this two is too short to $200 of price difference and with a fsb of 300x9 you reach 6700 speeds.
So, the 4300, 6400 and 6600 are have 9x, 8x, 9x multipliers and make them a good buy, overclocking or not. The 6700 is not a good buy.
And if you are into video encoding, you'd better OC that chip.
As for the psu, I doubt 450W are enough, because you'll need 26Amps on the 12V rail minimum to feed a full system and a GTS. And I doubt you can find such a low wattage psu with so many Amps on the 12V rails.
1 - Personally, I'd ditch the COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 & get the COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 for 3 x 120mm fan mounts & maximum cooling. When you o/c, you'll know the importance of cooling.
2 - I think they might be thinking stock 6400/6600 may be a bottleneck for the 8800 GTS. Or was it me who suggested getting 4300 for now after 1st price drop & upgraded to 6750 in Q3? Both would total to about the price of a current 6700.
3 - An 8800 GTS PC requires 400W 26A or up. So yes, 450W would be enough. A brand name that is. If it's a generic, the actually wattage output may be lower than advertised.
I build computers everyday. Overclocked so many 4300's itd make ur head spin. NOT EVEN ONE 4300 has failed to clock at 3.0ghz using standard cooling, not one... More than half of them can handle 3.33ghz.
Why use a more expensive chip?
The basic build I do at work is a 4300 on a ASUS p5b (JUST P5B). Mind you out of 30-50 of the P5b's Ive worked with 2 have been shotty. One had blown out USB ports (My co-worker wasnt grounded and claimed she saw a spark pluggin in some peripherals) the other had some strange LAN problem we worked around with a NIC..