So this is gonna be a fun thread. I expect most of this to be "nvidia r0xx0rs" and "AMD/ATI r0xx0rs" comments going back and forth. I'm not gonna sit and try to say that AMD or Intel is a better product as they are better in different ways. But this comment does bother me....
Showing how incredibly blur I am at this I went to try the 'newegg way'; simply looked at all the highest rated items and added them to my list.
Am I crazy or is that just a TERRIBLE idea? I NEVER base my purchase on what others say. I'll consider their comments, but unless they make a valid arguement I usually ignore them. The things they like about the product might have no value to me. Take a 1TB hard drive for instance. They are expensive as heck per GB, but if you want the biggest in the planet it's worth it. Joe Schmuck might rate the drive 0 and say "OMG it's too expensive per GB" while I might say "Damn this thing is SO big it's wonderful". Let's not mention the people that buy a CPU, then when they can't set an overclocking record they score it zero and say "Intel sux cause I could ONLY overclock it 25%!" What if I'm not going to overclock the CPU? Does his comment of zero really tell me anything about the product? Should I EXPECT a CPU to operate above the designed spec to begin with? I guess I should me mad that my Nissan Altima can't outrun a ferrari then huh?
Bottom line, research the products yourself and decide for YOURSELF what is the best product you want, not what others rank it as. There's smart people around but there's ALOT more dumb people.
But, as a novice, who does do his research those comments are a pretty good standard to go by I imagine.
I mean if 'the masses' find product X to be great (or terrible) that certainly means something to me.
Bottom line, if you don't really know what you're doing, me in this case, those opinions are pretty much all you have. They form the basis of my research. With that I'll make up my mind. If by popular vote a P35 board is what I should go for than that is what I'll do. That is what I come here for. Any advice is usually just a disguised opinion anyway.
And ATI/Nvidea pissing contests I've read enough, that's a never ending story so I'll just stick with my 8800 gts, be it the 640 or 320.
Based on my calculations, your system above comes in at 336 watts at 100% utilization, so the Corsair PSU would work. Of course if you plan to add more components, this could go up. Your original PSU choice was fine, it is just expensive and overkill for a stock system.
I noticed your link to the RAM above was incorrect. It took me to some PC3200 stuff. At any rate, I would go with CAS4 PC6400 1.8v ram from Corsair, OCZ, or even A-data. Some folks in various forums have reported problems with 2.2v ram from other makers(mainly Crucial Ballistix). Crucial says their ram is compatible, Gigabyte says no. I tend to side with Gigabyte. I use OCZ platinum, and Corsair in my two systems.