Planning my First (homebuilt) PC, $1500+- gaming rig

EDIT: Added floppy drive and mem card reader.

Hello all :D,

I am beginning to plan for my first homebuilt PC, my budget will be somewhere in the $1500-$1800 dollar range (low as possible!) and I plan to use this for heavy gaming and programming use. I would like this PC to be capable of:

Running Oblivion at 1680x1050 at over 30 fps on Ultra settings
Running Halo 2 at the same res max settings smoothly
And have it "future-proof" (DX10 ready and able to run next-gen games nicely)

I don't plan on much overclocking or any SLI, and I already have a copy of Vista Home Premium for it.

Currently this is what my build looks like:

Need suggestions on this case :arrow:
Case
:!: CHENMING 901AD-BLACK-0 Black 1.0mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$79.99
Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$129.99
Processer
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6320 - Retail
$165.50
I have now decided to wait for the Q6600 price drops
Memory
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Retail
$114.99
Graphics Card
EVGA 640-P2-N825-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card - Retail
$409.99
HDD (2 of these no RAID)
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KSRTL 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail
$179.98
($89.99 each)
DVD-ROM Drive (Drive 1)
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T OEM - OEM
$19.99
DVD Burner (Drive 2)
SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM
$36.99
Floppy Drive
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM
$7.99
Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
$32.99
Monitor
SAMSUNG 216BW Black - Silver 21.6" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$259.99
Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail
$144.99
Mouse
Microsoft 63A-00001 OEM Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 - OEM
$30.99
Keyboard
Logitech 920-000021 Black USB Standard Access Keyboard 600 - Retail
$29.99
Card Reader
SABRENT CRW-UINB 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port - Retail
$12.99
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I am trying to get the price down a bit, because lower cost is always better. :D

I already have speakers set up for it, they are Logitech X-240 I believe, but because these are 2.1 speakers I don't need some crazy X-Fi $100+ dollar card, just a better sound solution then the integrated-mobo sound.
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  1. If anyone could provide input it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Nice Setup - (just so you know, Halo 2 is Vista only XD)


    I don't have knowledge of the case, but it seems like it isn't good for beginners...

    Yes - wait for the Q6600
    If you can OC yourself, no need to spend another 50$ on an Fac. Oced GPU...

    Where do you live - florida?...(A UPS is a must for you?)
  3. Quote:
    Nice Setup - (just so you know, Halo 2 is Vista only XD)


    I don't have knowledge of the case, but it seems like it isn't good for beginners...

    Yes - wait for the Q6600
    If you can OC yourself, no need to spend another 50$ on an Fac. Oced GPU...

    Where do you live - florida?...(A UPS is a must for you?)


    On reflection, I think a UPS may be a bit much, ill just replace that with a good surge protector, and does anyone have any suggestions for a good beginners case?
  4. I like this case a lot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146029 It has a $30 rebate and goes for $119.99 after rebate. It has great airflow and is quiet. With the stock CPU fan it may be the loudest fan in the computer. The 80mm fan on the top usually has to come out with most PSUs. This thing comes standard with 7-120mm decent fans.
  5. With 8 fans (and a 80mm), It can hardly be described as quiet....
    I would stick in a 25cm in place for theose 4 120mms on the side..

    A good beginners case would be one of the Cooler Master cases for under 100$
  6. Quote:
    With 8 fans (and a 80mm), It can hardly be described as quiet....
    I would stick in a 25cm in place for theose 4 120mms on the side..

    A good beginners case would be one of the Cooler Master cases for under 100$


    I just looked at a few of these Cooler Master cases, one of them that caught my eye was this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119129
    because it doesn't have a power supply with it, do you think this would be a good case for my setup?

    P.S. could I go with a cheaper power supply if I was so inclined? If so what would be the min that you could recommend?
  7. My calculations w/ the psu calculator come out showing you could get by with a 500W psu or higher. Unfortunately there aren't too many PSUs that are quality below the price of that OCZ. Here is the Corsair 520W.

    I am going to buy a setup very similar to yours and I will be using this psu. It is quite a steal right now.

    The Mystique is a good case for pretty much anything. So yes, it would work very well for your setup.
  8. Thanks for all your help guys, I just ordered most of the parts, wish me luck! :D
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