I'm a noob builder, this is actually my first time building a pc and even though I've been doing lots of research I couldn't resist asking for y'all opinion. Please let me know if this system I have in mind is worth crap. Also let me know if I would have to make any changes to be able to go SLI (future plans for it, not sure yet), and if y'all think a budget of about $1300 would get me a good gaming pc.
Case: Antec 900 $98 inc. shipping
Board: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 $237 inc. shipping
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 $195 at newegg free shipping
Nice build in general. If your not going to do SLI (which I'm not a fan of) than you can save a ton of $ and get a p35 based mobo. Most of them are around $100-$150 for good ones. The Gigabyte DS3L is one of the cheapest at around $100, but doesn't support RAID. If you want RAID functions, than the Gigabyte DS3R does support RAID and has other options that you might like. Asus and Abit also have similar offerings and might suit your needs better. Asus has the P5K's and Abit the IP35's, so you can decide which works out for you. Personally I would wait for the 8800gt's to come out before purchasing your next GPU.
Edit: forgot my PSU info. There are other PSU's out there that I think you should consider. If your going SLI later, than there are other options. For non-SLI, I'd recommend these below:
Looks good, yeah I agree you want the motherboard to be less than the processor. As for video, I guess the 8800gt is not out yet, though as of right now, I would suggest the 8800 GTS if you don't plan on have really high resolutions. (< 1440x900). Good luck.
Overkill on the mobo, SLI is really only useful for eeking that extra bit of performance at a premium price. When your card gets outdated you will want new hardware to support the latest standards (maybe direct x 10.1?) not twice the outdated hardware. If you can wait for the GT to come out I vote GT, otherwise the GTS is not a bad option.
looks good, but you can get a q6600 for $75 more, you dont really need the four cores atm. I have the q6600 and i disabled 2 of my cores. you might want to get 2 x 2gb ram though you will need it for vista and most of the games that are coming out. I have 2gb pc8500 and i cant run the ps2 emulator and i just made the requirements for crysis. Also one last thing don't install ntune on your system it will completely mess your bios up