I don't know why you took that case (not that i have anythign about it, I just find it expensive), but you should check the antec 900 or Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP on newegg, they are cheaper and should fit your needs.
And thats all i have to say ^^. Don't get me wrong though, your build was good, I just think you can get the same quality for less.
You may want to look at the 4850. It outperforms the 8800gts which is similar to the 9800gtx. If you want an Nvidia card in that range then I would look at the 9800gtx which is cheaper and runs better.
Unless I'm really wrong here, it seems to me that the Asus and Gygabyte are the two best boards out there. Also this MSI board has no firewire.
I didn't see any WD's with 32mb on new egg..........? Also that's a big HDD, I wanted the Raptor just for my OS (and fast??)
I'd go with a 4850 for the same price as the 8800GTS, if just to keep a Xfire set up available in the future. Get a lower latency DDR2 800 RAM
Thanks, I'll check out the 4850. I picked my RAM because it was the only 2GB 800 that I saw recommended by Asus. Seems to me from what I've read, people have the most problems with RAM when they pick a product not on the "quality vendor list" ????
Wow TKD33, its seems like I have been doing lot of research (with head explosive readings for my next build (money is not issue and my budget is $2000+) and my list of components almost identical with yours....
My primary goals are:
1. Fastest start and multi tasking system possible. I work online and do lot of multi tasking so I want my system FAST and QUITE!!!
2. I don't play any 3D games (only yahoo pool and chess) so I am don't care Xfire or SLI configurations much.
3. I do not plan to OC'ing but might want to explore in future
4. I have tried and installed working OS X on my 2 other PC's with success so I might will try to install OS X 10.5.2 for hack of it (if it does not work, no big deal)
5. I know I know everyone wants future proof systems but after working in IT for more then 14 years, believe me there is no such thing as "100% future proof"
6. I wanted to try DDR3 even though current prices are high and ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R with both DDR2 and DDR3 capabilities but got DOA and had to RMA it newegg. So unless I find more decent board with same capabilities I am putting off DDR3 idea