After almost 2 months of reading forums/reviews, searching, pulling my hair out, price calculations, headaches, and occasional depression...I finished my build about a couple weeks ago. Much thanks to everyone that helped me out and gave me input/advice/verbal abuse/etc.
Thought I would post some pictures of it since I'm bored and in case anyone is interested. I would thank the ones that helped by name but there were too many, but you know who you are.
NEW SYSTEM: E8400 w/ stock cooling (Not OC'ed and not really planning on OC'ing for a little bit, but believe me, I will very soon ) ASUS P5K-E Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2-800 Visiontek HD 3850 512MB (only OC'ed to 720/950 currently, not sure why but CCC caps it there. I might use Riva soon and bump it up some more, don't really need to though) Seagate 250GB HDD ASUS Optical Drive CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Antec Earthwatts 500
Total $750 (Under budget FTW!)
Old stuff: Samsung 21" LCD (It's old but it's still big, bright and works great) Logitech MX Duo (Also old but it's the best keyboard/mouse I've ever had. Don't even know how much coffee and iced tea I've spilled onto it and it's perfectly fine ) Creative 2.1 I-Trigue 3300 (Again, an old set of speakers but they still sound great)
Enjoying Crysis @ 12x10, all high settings and 2xAA. Company of Heroes @ 16x12 All Max. Smooth as a baby's butt. Adobe Premier and Maya run amazing with the dual cores. *drool*
CPU idles @ 28C and GPU @ 45C
Call me a dork, but I love how everything matches. All silver and black finally. Last case was stupid and didn't match at all.
Little close up. The Centurion5 case isn't as fancy or flashy as others, but I love it. Nice and sleek and CHEAP! Ha
Sorry for the crappy shots, I was taking these in the dark practically
I gotta get back in there and take care of the cables. I got lazy but I'll do it soon.
And the icing on the cake...my glow in the dark zombies and my USB rocket launcher. Yes, my girlfriend gets one of these in the back of the head every now and then while she's at her computer. I can't resist.
Anyway, thanks again for the help everyone! THG and its forums are the best!
Looks very cool I got the silver and black theme going as well. I got a e2180 OC to 3.33 until I can get a Q9450. Heres a pic and a crappy video link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HguFs7Lr2iw
The monitor is a 42" 1080p TV.