So I did some homework and pieced together the following build based on my budget, needs and theory of where the market's going. I'd appreciate any help or recommendations - thanks!
Budget: around $700 max
Needs: moderate gamer, mostly MMO's but some shooters (BF2142 and Battlefield2, and whatever may come next assuming my machine can handle it). Currently game at 1200 x 1024, but I'd like to upgrade eventually to 1600 x 1200 (see parts list below).
Theory: Budget CPU with a high-end GPU. I plan on upgrading again in 1-2 years depending on need again.
Parts list: I'm recycling an old Chieftec DX-01BD case; an 80mm antec case fan; my SB Audigy 2 (I got kids so I always use head phones); and A Samsung 930B monitor (I'd like to upgrade to a 22" or 24" but that won't happen for a while).
CPU - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2180 - Retail - $80
As I said above, a budget CPU that based on reviews and other posts appears to be OC-friendly (this will be my first time OC'ing) and I hope to get 3ghz out of it. I figure I'll upgrade again in the future once their's a need on my part and prices drop some more.
I thought about going for the 9600GT, but with a $30 rebate the price was so close I figured I'd just go for the 8800GT. I'm going with the 512MB with the expectation that I'm upgrading my monitor in a year and will be using the higher resolution - if not for that, I probably would just stick with the 256MB card.
PSU - Thermaltake W0093RU ATX 12V 2.0 Version 500W Power Supply - Retail - $80
I used Extreme Power Supply Calc and calculated a 472W need, even after overclocking and assuming 100% capacity and 20% aging on the PSU. Very conservative, but I just don't want any problems now or in a few years.
Does anyone see anything I've missed? Any red-flags? Thanks for your help and input.
Thanks everyone for your help - I'm ordering my parts from Newegg and Buy.com - unfortunately I checked the forum too late for the CPU bargain from tigerdirect - but I'm still saving some pretty significant dollars over my original build based on your suggestions.