I am trying to figure out what parts to use for my next computer. I haven't built a computer in 4 years and i'm still using it today. My current pc is a amd 3200+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe, 1 GB OCZ memory, BFG Tech 7800GS AGP. The pc still runs great but time to upgrade. I just bought a new LCD last week, I purchased a Samsung 2232BW 2 ms.
My budget for the computer is 1500.00 to 1700.00. The computer is mainly a family computer. I want it to be able to play games. The games i currently play are TF2, Half Life 2, World in Conflict (doesn't run well), i would like to be able to play Crysis but my current computer really has a hard time with it. The computer will be doing a lot of multitasking with the wife and kids.
My current pc is a amd 3200+, Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe,
I still have this combo running too. Well, all the potential hardware you have listed is top of the line and a new build with just about any combination of the items you have listed would obliterate the AMD 3200, A7N8X-E Deluxe (nice MB by the way).
My system in 'my configuration' is very fast. I use both the e8400 and q6600. I plan on upgrading to the q9450 soon. The e8400 will run at 3.6 GHz with little more than stock cooling. If you game a lot at that speed your 8800/9800 series video card will spin at a good rate. The quad cores are fun. Very good at multitasking, very fast. Besides SLI with the Nvidia chips you mentioned, the X38 chips will do CrossfireX with PCIE 2.0 16 x 2. The G92 and 9800 you mentioned are for SLI nvidia boards, but the X38 will use two x 3870 or 3870x2's and the upcoming 4800 series in Crossfirex if you want a dual video card set up. I also have the 610 PCP&C PSU as a spare, have not used it. The G. Skill RAM you have listed should be excellent, but it will not clock quite as high as other Micron chips do if you are in to overclocking. Anyway, your list contains some very nice, very cutting edge components to choose from. GL.
Get the Q6600 or Q9450. You seem to be the kind of person who keeps a CPU for a long time. The E8400 will be better than it in same games, for now, but in the long term quads will win.
Don't look at SLI with mediocre cards, it's better to get a single really good video card and be done with it. Your monitor doesn't require SLI anyway.
I'd get the GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 and a 9800GX2 video card. Or a HD 3870X2, since it's cheaper and it gives you the option to add a second card later in CrossfireX.
HDD: the WD6400AAKS has the best price/performance ratio I can think of these days.
As aevm said, look at the Q6600 or the Q9450. The Q9450 is 4MB more cache and as a 45nm part. The Q6600 will probably overclock better due to its higher multiplier.
Q6600: 266 x 9 = 2400 400x9 = 3600
Q9450: 333 x 8 = 2664 400x8= 3200 450x8= 3600
Just a quick comparison.
Now, I TOTALLY agree with Aevm on the SLI thing. Unless you are gaming at high (1920x1200+) resolutions you do not need SLI. SLI is basically a marketing ploy to sell more video cards . Look at the 9800GX2, it performs pretty well. It is like SLI, but on one card so its ok!