Hey all. I'm the first to admit I'm something of a noob when it comes to building, but I'd like to have a go anyway. I have about £1000 to spend, and I thought of the below after some attempted weighing up of factors.
If you could have a look and let me know where it could be improved I'd appreciate it.
You could wait till the Penryns roll out in Jan, and get an E8500 for the same price as the Q6600. If you wait, you'll probably benefit from price drops and post holiday sales, too. Unless you need the enhanced features of the DS3R (RAID and 4 more SATA ports) you could go for the DS3L. The Raptor is waaaay overpriced for its performance and capacity, you could get three WD 250GB drives for that price. I'd try out the onboard sound quality before buying a sound card.
DDR3 on GPU & DDR2 on mobo is an issue, how? I don't think you would want DDR2 on GPU as they're slow as hell, but I would get DDR4 on GPU is it's priced competitively. The memory on GPU & CPU is always faster than the one on the mobo.