Wow neither of those are available from my planned retailer they have the CPU and GFX Card available for a total of like 125-150 less than the competitor. Also 425 is a bit more than I want to pay for mobo and ram. Any other recommendations, and I need a PSU as well. I really like the 12 usb ports tho that is great!!!
If you are willing to drop that much on a video card and not match it with a good mobo, what is the point? It all depends on your total budget. Western Digital has a great 640gb drive for around $115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 So it depends on how much space you need, but that would be a great place to start with storage.
This is looking good... I am looking to reduce the price somewhat, ram processor and video card need to be what they are, but I suspect the motherboard and PSU could be replaced with something cheaper... what are the advantages of the X38 chipset why not go with one of the cheaper ones, perhaps an nvidia? Keep in mind that I don't plan on upgrading or overclocking. If I wanted to do either of those I would get a board that supports more than 8GB ram and two to three video cards in SLI and a PSU that is like 1K watts. But as it stands I need the bare minimum, unless a cheaper motherboard will significantly decrease performance.
nVidia chipsets had have a lot of problems lately. So I would avoid them just on principle.
You can go with a P35 chipset motherboard and save money. Pick up one for around $100. Not overclocking is a shame, its easy and it is free speed.
with such CPU and GPU I won't pick a p35 chipset, anyway he is getting old and won't be so good for future upgrades take x38 or even better x48 or just w8 for new a chipset. Btw you can read reviews and get your opnion about all that...
as shadowduck mentioned not to OC is a shame... my opnion that mainboard is realy not the right component in computer to save money$,