The total comes to around $2400, and I would like to keep it below $2500. I would not initially overclock, but would not want to completely rule it out in the future so I'd like the parts to be capable of overclocking.
Any recommendations on an aftermarket heatsink? Also, do you think I can improve on the Dell monitor? I'm basically looking for a 24" widescreen around the $600 price range. Are there any alternatives?
tuniq tower, thermalright ultra 120, zalmann 9700.. they're the usual culprits in cooling, and cause they're great coolers. when my e6600 was stock, the loads never got past 40c, and now that it's oc to 3.35 [which is well within safe parameters], it had never gone past 50c, and idles at 38c constant with the tuniq tower at fans speeds below medium.
the psu seemed low for power, but i'm assuming that there's no sli setup being used, so you should be fine on that front.
The only issue with the P180/180B is you might or you might not get the updated P182 type case...and if you dont thats a big risk. Personally Im just sticking with my P182, I like the gunmetal finish and I picked it up at Frys for 159.
my new build is not far from yours and i have a few things.
look at the evga card-great warranty and step up program.
the ram you selected- pc6400 is what you want there but the brand and type selected are great i have the xms-2 and it pwns.
also heatsink- i have a zalman 9500/9700 and it does fine.
no problem, man, you inspired me to make my build as tight as possible. it'd funny how many people out there swear that you have to remove that middle hdd cage to fit an 8800, but we showed that not only can you keep it in, you can add a 120mm fan as well!