Hi this is my first PC build from scratch. I have done a ton of mods and helped friends with there pc build before but never done my own from scratch. I am a gamer and a 3d /Photoshop user and need a good system for both. I will be overclocking it but not sure how high I can go safely. Here is what i have kinda decided on for parts I am open to suggestions:
Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Motherboard: ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Power supply: ?? thinking either PC Power & Cooling PPCT860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
or COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBA 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V CE, cUL, TUV, NEMKO, BSMI, FCC - Retail
OS hard drive: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Fans: Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail
1 for heet sink 2 for side for case
and thinking artic silver cleaner and thermal compound
I want to go with the 8800 GTS & 4 1 gb RAM because will run in dual channel mode and because of cost and room to expand it later and I have not decided on os yet vista or xp and may get an after market VGA cools later as well
Between the PC Power & Cooling and Coolermaster PSUs: absolutely no contest, go with PC P&C.
QX9650 is a waste of money. You can get a Q6700 for about $700 less and overclock it to 4 GHz.
Which country are you in? If you're not in the USA you better say so, or you'll get newegg links in replies.
Good choice of cooler, it's one of the 3 best performers out there. The others are Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme + SFF21F and Noctua NH-U12P. http://www.ncixus.com/products/27130/NH-U12P/Noctua/
However, for much less money, the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 does an excellent job too as far as both temps and noise.
Get 2x2GB of RAM, so you still have two slots free and can expand to 8 GB later. Especially if you get Vista.
Raptor X disks are so obsolete. Either get a WD6400AAKS (almost the same speed for small files, higher speed for bigger files, several times cheaper/GB), or wait for the new Velociraptor with perpendicular recording.
Check out the SFF21E and SFF21F fans too. They use a more recent technology. I'm using SFF21E because I care a lot about noise. SFF21F is a bit noisier but moves more air.
MX-2 is a better paste than AS5.
I wouldn't bother with after market VGA coolers for the 8800GTS G92, they're pretty well cooled already.
I agree with the PSU choice, PCP&C is the better buy. Also I agree with the CPU, the QX9650 is likely not worth the money, when you can get the same or better performance out of a Q9450 or Q6700 or even the Q6600. Good choice with the 8800GTS 512 (G92), and everything else looks good.