I'm glad to be a member of this great site with a helpful community, so I thought I could get some suggestions on my first future build (if I could ever scrounge up the cash for it). Some other things:
-Planning to overclock CPU to 3.00Ghz or higher but I'll settle with 3.00. May O/C video card too, depends on what is suggested.
-Just a dream build I would like to know if it could work out for say Crysis or something
-No SLI/Crossfire or RAID
-No set budget, knowing that prices could change once Christmas rolls over so I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck. Hopefully it all adds up to lower than $600 or something.
edit: If my budget allows, I'll grab some aftermarket coolers and fans, could use some suggestions for that too. Also I plan on getting Windows XP if that helps some.
Apparently the actual size of the power supply is a little long but it is a great (Tier 1 rated- see tomswiki.com) and is very stable.
Interesting, I am actually building almost the exact same computer.
If you're not going for the 8800gt, then a 3850 is going to be about 60% better than an 8600. And an 8800gt will be (at least right now) a better deal than a 3870, since they are only $30-40 different and the gt performs 30% better. And as far as I can tell, most of the problems people have been having with the 8800gt are when they overclock it. I do know that evga shipped out a bad batch at one point, but just get a good warraty on the card and then you can just replace it if it ever starts getting weird.