I think thats a fair price for the system. I have a similar system and have been happy with it. The PSU is fine for the system. I am not familiar with dual monitor set ups, but the choice for Vista Ultimate is great. The 64 bit version is very stable now, drivers and such have been worked out. I do not see anything that jumps out as bad with the system as you have it. Be careful on the PCI wiFI adapters. Some of them will only operate with systems that have under 2GB or ram. Not sure why. Only advice is that I didnt see a case, so you either have one or you are buying one. Make sure all that will fit in the case you get. So get one with alot of room. The GPU is a big card, some cases have issues with it. I have the Enermax Chakra and it is awesome. Enjoy your new rig.
Oh and sorry for the RAID question some people like it some dont. The main issue with it is that if one of the dirves fails then you almost always loose all the data. The speed is not really enough for me to want to worry about it.
With the DS3L you don't get RAID, and there's only one PCI-E x16 slot which means only one video card which means only 2 monitors at most.
That being said, I'm not a big fan of RAID and I don't see why you'd need it for a gaming machine.
Don't know about HDMI. I'm using DVI and it's just fine for playing regular DVDs. I don't have an HD or BlueRay player.
DS3L/8800GTS will allow you two monitors, yes. You could probably use 3 or more with a PCI video card like GeForce 6200, but i haven't tried that. I don't know if nVidia's drivers can support such an ancient card and an 8800-series at the same time.
Yes the 750TX is a good PSU and overkill for your setup. Nice price, by the way. Go for it.
Vista Ultimate: it should work fine on the Q6600/8800GTS 512MB/4GB of RAM, plenty of power there.
I won't comment on mouse/keyboard/wireless adapter - no idea about them.
Thanks for the great responses guys. Much obliged.
I like the IP35 Pro for $140 a lot. The reason I may want RAID capabilities is that I plan on doing a lot of web programming on this computer and need some form of redundancy. I also really like the dual PCIe x16 slots.
My apologies, I forgot the case. I was thinking of going with an Antec 900 case as it is extremely popular and I can pick it up at CDW. I think I'm going to stick with the PSU as it seems robust and I just don't like the looks of the one you recommended, but I appreciate the help.
Here's another question: Do I need to buy any fans along with the Antec 900? I think it comes standard with 3.
Also, in regards to the HDMI...can anyone shed some light on this? I would be willing to buy a HDMI monitor if there is a vast difference. And if so, what card would I need?
You're going to trade the 8800GTS 512MB, one of the fastest 5 gaming cards out there, for an 8600GT, something designed for playing movies and Solitaire? I think you'll regret it. And then you'll also realize that the case is too small to fit a powerful video card, and the PSU is too weak, and maybe the case is too small for a larger PSU, and the cooling may not be good enough for a high-end video card, etc. Those PCs also won't let you overclock, which is particularly silly with a Q6700 - one of the best overclockers out there IMO.
Look, HP boxes are great deals as long as they do all you need.
If they don't, they are bad deals because upgrading them is a nightmare.