I would highly recommend the Corsair 620HX power supply. It has modular cables so you only have to plug in the ones you need. It really cleans up your case and looks nice... I only have like 3 cables plugged in.
an E8400 processor and Gigabyte DS3L mobo would be a good combination.
E8400 is faster and better for today's games & applicatons.
Q6600 is quad core (FSB1066), and more future proofing.
So, if you're thinking to upgrade in near future (6-12 months), E8400 will give you the current top performance. BUt if you want to use your processor for as long as possible (1-3 years), Q6600 is a better option.
since you're planning for 22" monitor, which is I don't see the need for SLI. I will say any P35, preferably GA-P35-DS3L is sufficient esp. with price/performance ratio. But if you're looking for the top notch, with SLI possibilities, consider NVIDIA 780i mobos.
Monitor: Dunno for this one, Samsung has a great reputation, but never had experienced on it's LCD. So I cannot say anything on this ..
Memory should be fine, good price ratio.
Audio Card: the onboard card is sufficient (at least for me). It's 7.1 ready. My suggestion is: give it a try for onboard card, if you're not satisfied with it, the Creative X-Fi always be there I myself do not bother to have separate card since when I'm satisfied enough with onboard.
For other issue: PSU, casing, cooling, > I don't have really good knowledge on this. For sure somebody else does
At the level of Q6600 or E8400, the vga card power is the critical gaming factor, not the cpu.
With few exceptions, current games can't take advantage of more than two cores.
flight simulator X is an exception).
For the same price, about $270, you can get a Q6600 2.4 or a E8400 3.00 for $240.
It makes more sense to me to take advantage of the higher clock speed of the duo cpu.
In addition, the new Exxx cpu's are supposed to be 10% faster in games clock for clock than their predecessors.
They will take less power, and run cooler. Indications are that they will overclock higher and easier.
I like the parts you picked so far.
Look at the dimensions of the Antec 900, it is not a tight case. It will hold three times the parts you picked.
Get an oem cooler. It will keep your cpu cooler, and be quieter. There are a number of good ones out there. Look for a large one with a 120mm slow turning fan that directs the hot air towards the rear of the case. With it, there is no need for liquid cooling. One of the best is the thermalright ultra 120 extreme.
Foe a new build, vista 64 is a good way to go. It does not seem worth it to me to invest on an OS that is not going to continue to be developed. I saw home premium upgrade on sale at costco for $85. Send microsofr $10, and they mail you a 64 bit version of it. I see very little in ultimate for the home user. If you are eligible, check out the academic discounts.
Do some research on lcd monitors. It really is confusing. Get the best one you can afford; it will last you through several generations of pc's. To me, bigger is better, and look for one with a 178 degree viewing angle.
See how onboard sound sounds to you. Add in sound cards seem to cause more than their fair share of problems.
Please help me review on things I could alter or change to make the price/efficient ratio better ! 1.6k is pretty insane ... I didnt realize that the 8800 GTS (G92) would cost 350$ ... I always thought it was 249$ .
If possible, please include what CPU Coolers/Heatsinks and/or Water Coolers I should get to keep my system as cool as possible ^^ .
I might hold on buying the fata1ity soundcard since I won't be using speakers often, only headphones for gaming haha.
Please advise on replacable, less costly parts that I could get and how I can limit spending. Also if possible, please give me websites where I could probably get these for cheaper prices, I've been using only newegg.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
239.99 but out of stock... anyone know where else I can get this?
CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
74.99 after 40$ rebate
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
269.99 after rebate
Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser Mouse - Retail
I might get the x-fi extreme gamer fata1ity for 135.99 if i feel the need to.
Should I get the 64 bit vista home prem? or should i go for XP 64-bit
My main questions are whether the parts I picked are really worth the price and if I could find other alternatives such as the memory/ram , just about everything... Are there other websites where I could also order these parts for lesser prices?
Lastly, is this a good build for a gaming system? Anything I should switch?
The total price for this system not including shipping , cpu cooler/heatsink is 1330$ . also not including the vista and x-fata1ity
I saw vista home premium upgrade at Costco for $85. Send microsoft $10 and you also get the 64 bit dvd. There is a way to use the upgrade disk to get a retail install(vs. oem). If you are eligible, there are academic discounted prices for students. I see no sense in investing in XP, particularly the 64 bit version. Microsoft is putting it's development dollars into Vista, not XP.
I once had the logitech G15 keyboard. It worked fine, but I could not see the illuminated keys properly, even at high illumination. If you can, go to a local store and test out the feel of the keyboards and mice before ordering.