Hey, I've been out of the system building game for about 3 years. Just started to do research last weekend, came up with this build. What do you think? I plan to do some Overclocking of the CPU. I heard you can get it past 3.0ghz.
With that CPU, motherboard and HSF in that nice cool case there's a good chance you can reach ~3.3Ghz, a 25% OC, without too much trouble.
With a bit more work and care even a 40% overclock isnt impossible.
See how the guys @ www.hexus.net went about overclocking their Q6700. http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=9615
I like the build over all and the price/perfomanace is going to be great.
I would however caution you on the Antec 900. I have had one for about 18 months and it is loud with my current setup. I am running a Q6600 @ 3.33 and a Zalman 9700 in this case and at load it is loud. I am not saying I don't like it very much for cooling just that you need to be aware of the noise.
Thanks for the comments and the helpful links. I hope I can overclock it, but it seems like things are more complicated then then I last overclocked my Athlon 2400+M, with more voltages to be regulated.
The case is one item I was torn over, it does seem like it will be loud with the 200mm fan in there.
I would worry about noise more on the Raidmax since it sports 2X80mm fans on the side. Most of the cases with the side fans make more noise than those without. I however do not have a good suggestion that has flash appeal like the one you have mentioned here.
If you don't care about that stuff I would suggest: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is a very soild case and will not be loud. I have a previous version myself.
If you run a good HSF then you can turn the fan speed down and still get a decent noise level with the 900 since all the fans are large. Also as an owner for a long time I do love the cooling it offers.