This will be the first PC I've ever built. I'll be using it for both gaming and schoolwork and I'm looking to spend between $900-$1100. I want a motherboard with SLI so that when I have more money I can add in another video card. I might do a little overclocking, but not much. I already have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Let me know what suggestions you guys have.
Normally I'd advise dumping the 8800GT for an 8800GTS G92, but if you do SLI with dual-slot cards you usually end up with the PCI slots blocked. The 8800GT will be fine, because your case has good cooling.
I think the Silencer 610W is enough for 8800GT SLI, but it's not certified by nVidia for it. The 750W version is certified, but the sale ended at newegg and now it costs a lot. I recommend the Corsair 750TX. It's also certified and only $110 now.
Hey mate, your build was great to start with, i'll agree with people and reccommend you to the Xigmatek 120mm RIFLE CPU cooler, or Xigmatek S1283 if you need product name, also +1 for the Corsair 750TX that aevm recommended to you. I will note that it doesn't have modular cabling but that doesn't matter I don't think.
Modular cabling is convenient that first day when you build the PC. In fact, with some cases, it's quite important.
After that, though, you pay for it day after day by getting somewhat smaller efficiency. Nothing serious, of course, but still I'd rather put up with the inconvenience once. Just my personal opinion...
How about Q6600? That's $60 less than the Q9300. It's just as fast most of the time (that is, you'll rarely make a quad work at 100%, whether it's Q9300 or Q6600, because the HDD will be a limiting factor, or the GPU), With overclocking, the Q6600 can do better than the Q9300 because it has a bigger multiplier. The current prices with Q9300 more expensive make sense for people who don't OC, but if you know how to OC the Q6600 is actually worth more IMO.