Total= 1079.99 (1 Hard Drive w/o Monitor)
So to reiterate: I am not positive about my motherboard choice and which cpu cooler to choose. I am also looking for monitor suggestions (19-22 inch widescreen)
I am mostly looking for someone to say "The list looks good you shouldnt have any problems and you will be happy" Or "You should try this instead"
Also This forum has provided invaluable info on how to pick the right build and how to research info on different hardware.
Thanks go to WR2 and Why_Me, both of your posts in the pasts few days have really helped me decide what I wanted in this system.
The XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 has a good reputation as an after cooler for sure. I would also suggest the Termalright Ultima 90, which I am using and I am very satisfied with. Perform almost on part with the top guns but for almost half the seize and weight.
The RC-690 case is very easy to work in and around. It will take all you have on your list easily and have plenty of room left over.
The only RAID I'd recommend for a family member is RAID1. I'd actually prefer a backup HDD with a bootable partition setup.
If you're not overclocking you can get away with just the stock Intel HSF. For aftermarket choices I'd go with either:
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro has pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound for easy, fast installation.
The Xigmatek HDT SD964 would be good. It's the same 92mm size as the AC F7 Pro.
The PC P&C S61EPS 610W is a good choice and powerful enough for dual 4870s. For a single 4850 you could easily use
the Corsair 550VX and save $40. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its way more than actually needed and will handle a mid-life GPU upgrade with the 4850 next-gen follow on video card.
This is the system I have been putting together for people in the $1000 range. For 98% of what normal people do on a PC a faster Dual Core CPU will get them a better user experience than a slower quad core.
The 9600gt will play COD4 just fine for when you visit also =)