New gaming computer final choices

Hi, I finalising a new build and just wanted some critique before I jump into anything. it's going to be mainly for gaming.

CPU: E8400
GPU: XFX 8800GT 512MB XXXedition
Motherboard: unsure? 680i or p45 or X38 ETC
PSU: Again, unsure
Hard drive: 2 x 250GB
RAM: 4GB Thinking of Corsair 4GB XMS2 DHX
CPU cooling: Zalman CNPS 9700
Case: Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black
Cooling Fans: couple of 120mm fans (case can house 6 or 7 in total)
Monitor: 22" LG W2252TQ

Having done this I've three main questions:
1. should I go SLI or just stick to the single 8800GT?
2. What power supply would be sufficient for all this
and 3. What motherboard and chipsets are the best for me

I appreciate all your replys and any suggestions that you may have on other items I've chosen thanks in advance
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  1. 1. Nvidia and AMD are releasing new GPU's in a few weeks, I'd wait for them. If you don't have time to wait, just stick with single 8800gt
    2.Case& PSU: Antec Sonata III, 500W, which is enough for your rig.
    3. I'd take p45

    I would also change the Zalman for Xigmatek HDT-S1283
  2. i agree, wait for new gpus.
    550 watts will be enough for your system. go with 700-800watts if your gonna sli.
  3. Motherboard - GA-P45-DS3L

    PSU - Corsair 650TX

    RAM - Yes very good ram there

    1) SLI is terrible, stick with one.

    2) 650W is good

    3) Any except nvidia chipsets (stay away unless you have to have SLI)

    Also +1 on the Xigmatek HDT-S1283
  4. +1 for the Xigmatek

    +1 for dopekitten's list.

    Go with P45. Asus P5Q Pro is a good board at $149.99.

    Or you can save even more and go P35 with the DS3L for $90

    Get 1 500GB Seagate 7200.11 32MB cache drive for 90. RAID (if that is what you plan to do, offers no benefit unless you are performing large drive writes but doubles your chance of failure. (either drive fails- byebye data).
  5. Stick with the CM690, it cools better than the Sonata and you need that for the 8800GT.

    Uograde to 8800GTS G92 512MB if the budget allows.

    +1 for the Xigmatek too.

    What do you mean "mainly for gaming"? If it's also for video encoding or database work or CAD work you should get a Q6600. Or if you play Flight Simulator X a lot.

    The 650TX is a good idea. The 550VX is also good - whatever you find cheaper.

    HDD: either a Seagate 7200.11 500GB/750GB or a WD6400AAKS.
  6. If you have the money go for a q9450 rather than q6600.

    +1 for WD6400AAKS.
  7. +1 for shadow, P5Q Pro good overclocker according to reviews, and ppl that I know that have the board. I would get the TRUE for the cpu cooler but thats me.
  8. TRUE is a great cooler, but unfortunately it's become outdated with the advent of HDT tech and the xigmatek S1283/ OCZ Vendetta 2. Maybe if the heatpipes used HDT and didn't have nickel, that would be a perfect "TRUE"
  9. Thanks for every reply :-) I think I will switch to the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 it's cheaper than the Zalman one and better.

    I don't plan on video editing or CAD stuff. Other than gaming it will be general internet browsing and word processing ETC.

    I pretty convinced to stick with my 8800GT and wait to see what the new generation holds for us.

    Thanks again
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