nForce 680i SLI 775 A1 ATX Motherboard (looks like best bet)
Intel Core(tm) 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz) (to overclock a little and more later when i upgrade to sli + wateR in a year)
2GB Dominator Series DDR2 XMS2-6400 DIMM Memory Kit ((2) 1GB 240-pin DIMMs) (windowx xp for now so i dont think i really need 4gb yet if and when i get vista id consider doubling it)
2x LightScribe Dual/Double Layer DVD±RW SATA Drive (best sata opticals they had)
USB 2.0 9-in-1 Flash Card Reader/Writer + 3.5" Floppy Drive - Black
e-GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCIe x16 Video Card (gtx was 70 dollars less since when but whatever????)
Nine Hundred ATX Gaming Case
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series (platnum worth it? if so i have to change case cause onl 3 front pannels, and i do use the front pannels on the audigy plat i have now... but not that often)
6-Port USB 2.0 PCI Adapter Card (i have a lot of usb junk plus want to put the flash drive internally)
4GB Flash VoyagerTM USB 2.0 Drive (to mess with my page file and ready boost if i ever go to vista, plus i checked it it was the fasterst performing flash they had, cost effective... in benchmarks)
Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive (os + games )
Barracuda 400GB 7,200RPM SATA-300 Hard Drive (movies / music / junk )
Silencer 750 Watt ATX Power Supply (for future sli and water cooling + usb crap is their a better company?)
WN121T-100NAS (For router i have no need to comment on how worthless it is)
about before tax
Now i have windows XP and plan to use that.... no need to vista to slow down games and such, i can always dual boot install....
anything im forgetting? fans/heatsinks and crap dont cost that much so ill add them as needed.... and i wont be adding the sli till the prices drop a lot... maybe a year?... figure ill overclock and watercool it then also...questions are what do you think would be a problem bottleneck if any.... and how do the prices look at this store?...(microcenter as i live next to one).
other possibilities were , physics card, dedicated network card, faster ram, faster quad core processesor.... but they all seem not worth it bang for buck...i wanted to keep it about 3000 dollars... anyoen see a real need for these?
also is the 6850 dual core much better then quad core?... this will only be for gaming/regular use but other crap tends to run while gaming so i figure it cant hurt.. .especially going forward...