Gonna try this a different way. My budget for this gaming computer is $2500-$3000. This includes a monitor, KB, speakers, and OS (I have a good mouse). I can wait for the next gen GFX cards to come out if you want me to wait for that.
Only thing I will keep as items not to look up are these:
The rest is yours to suggest to me. I would like Vista 64 bit OS but if you recommend something else I am all ears. Would like to do SLI or Xfire ONLY if you think I need it to do 1900x1280 gaming on max res. If ya need any more input please let me know. Thank you very much!
After much deliberation and research, I selected the following components for my new build:
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006
Standard Return Policy $129.99
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115036
Processors (CPUs) Return Policy $269.99
1 ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131284
Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy $289.99
1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231122
Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy $84.99
1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136131
Limited 30-Day Return Policy $129.99
1 Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16835185006
Standard Return Policy $19.99
1 Rosewill RCR-FD200 All-in-one USB 2.0 Black 3.5" Card Reader with 1.44MB Floppy Drive - Retail
Item #: N82E16820223072
Standard Return Policy $31.99
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Consumable Items Return Policy $5.99
1 Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116202
Software Return Policy $94.99
2 SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151153
Standard Return Policy $53.98
1 XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233003
Standard Return Policy $36.99
1 COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119138
Standard Return Policy $199.99
4 Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan - Retail
All the above parts are in transit via UPS to me for my new build currently. Plan to oc the CPU to 3.8 ghz or so, which should be easily achievable with that setup. If you prefer a quad core CPU, the Q9300 is about the same price and is overclockable to 3.0 to 3.3 pretty easily.
Already own 8800GTX GPU - will use until I feel the need to upgrade to the new family of GPU's coming out soon.
Total cost of your BenQ monitor, the saitek keyboard, and the above components plus 8800GTX would be about $2200, less than your budget, and will produce a very, very fast system.
He's got the right idea. Only thing you will need that he did not mention is the CPU HS/F, if you aren't overclocking then no need. But assuming you overclock, I would get the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler. Excellent cooling for about $40, and its what the second poster recommended for you as well. $3k should get you an awesome computer! Oh and definitely wait for next gen gfx... I keep hearing that they are going to blow current cards out of the water.
Yeah I know $3k is overkill, just like to have a decent budget especially since I want a 24" LCD. Great list guys and yeah, I'll wait till next gen cards and see what you all think of them before I pull the trigger!