After doing my research, I believe I have come up with the final specs for my build. The goal of this machine is to be future proof in that it has PCI-E 2.0, SLI, and supports 45nm processors. At the time I receive the machine, I don't plan on overclocking. Due to the nature of its components, I'd be stupid NOT to but I plan on doing that later. Here are the specs and thanks in advance for your opinions.
Keep in mind, all of this will cost $1117.02 after shipping and mail-in rebates.
Also note: The monitor I use is a 17" LCD at 1280x1024 and I play mostly FPS (i.e. Crysis, CoD4, UT3, HL2, etc)
Processor: Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale
Motherboard: MSI P7N 750i SLI Platinum LGA775
Ram: 4GB (5-4-4-15) OCZ SLI-Ready Edition DDR2 800 (I know the "SLI-ready" is hype, but its $65 after MIR)
Power: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750Watt
Video: 2x Asus EN9600GT 512M in SLI
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Case: Antec P182
DVD: Some 30 dollar thing
OS: Vista Ultimate x64 ($20 from my university )
I feel that this system represents some of the best price/quality/performance products on the market right now and I welcome all criticism and suggestions. Later on, I will get an after-market cooling solution like a Zalman9500 and do more research on overclocking as I've never done it before.
FYI SLI will never make a system future proof. There will always be a single card solution out thats better than (2) cheaper cards in SLI.
The same time the 8800GTS 512 begins to show its age in games, 9600GTs in SLI will also show their age. At this point, neither will be an effective solution to whatever games are out.
I wouldn't even agree that the PCI-E 2.0 slot is 'future proof' because it still has the Core 2 socket which will be phased out in a year. That being said, games these days require more GPU power than CPU.
Quad core CPUs are more 'future proof' than dual core CPUs as well.
Everything considered, that system should run really well for you. I would save some money and just go for a P35 board and an 8800GTS, becuase SLI only helps with gaming on 24" or bigger monitors.
Kudos on the good PSU, memory cant go wrong for $65. Like the HDD, love the case, nice deal on your OS. I tend to stay away from anything MSI, just heard bad things about their products.
Anyway thats my 2 cents on your build. Hope it helped.