Want some opionions on putting together a gaming rig

Alright, so here is what parts im looking at right now for putting together my new comp. I really dont want to go over $1500. Let me know what you think:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 680i SLI

RAM: Kingston HyperX 2GB (4x512mb) PC 6400

Graphics: EVGA geforce 8800gts 640mb

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 250gb

Case: Raidmax Smilodon

Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 SATA

All together this comes out to just under 1400 with tax and shipping. If I do not plan on overclocking would I still need another power supply and cpu cooler? I already have a sound card and I am just gonna use my current monitor and keyboard. Let me know if you guys think this is a decent setup for gaming, or if there are some parts I should change and upgrade or if you have some cheaper alternatives that would still give me good performance. I am pretty noob so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  1. looks very nice but uf dont play @ 1920x1200 or higher, then get a nice P35 board like ASUS P5K , ASUS P5K-E , GIGABYTE P35 DS3R and spend that money and get a 8800GTX

    If u dont plan on OCing ,then u wont need a new CPU cooler
  2. it would be better to get 2X1gb ram not 512X4gb, as u will have room to upgrade later on.
  3. one more thing that it would be better to get is a 2900xt rather than the 8800gts, they have similar prices. see if u can find a crossfire board for it and the rest is really good. hope i helped.
  4. Look at this memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098 It would be a lot better than 4x 512.

    I also recommend the P35 DS3R motherboard.

    I also think you should get a Q6600 with G0 stepping... but that's personal preference I guess... seems like people are pretty equally divided between that and the E6850... I just see the Q as being more "Future Proof"...

    Those items will save you some money... $90 on the Mobo, and $75 on the RAM... Even the CPU will save you about $20...

    So $185 in savings... that could get you quite a bit... I'm sure you can find some things to spend it on. You could get a nice cooler for the Q6600 and easily get it up somewhere between 3.0 and 3.4 ghz, and still have money left over. You could upgrade to the GTX like one other guy suggested... You could buy a whole new 20" Acer LCD Widescreen monitor... (mine was 169.99 and it's awesome).

    Just trying to be helpful, Best of luck with your build, and you should let me know how that case works out for you, because I was thinking about using it at one time... just got to thinking that cross bar would get in the way something fierce.
  5. Thanks for the advice guys. Ill definetly take your advice on the ram. As for the mobo, if I am looking to play some movies and stuff from my computer on my hdtv, does it really matter what mobo I use or is it pretty much just the graphics card?
  6. Motherboard isnt important for that ,
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