First Time Builder Needs Help: Mid-range Gaming System

Hi folks, brand new to this website and brand new to trying to build a home system. I have a few friends who are quite experienced in building systems so they will be helping me put it together and have helped a bit with selecting components. I am looking for my rig to do the following:

1. Play today's games smoothly as possible on and HDTV.

2. Play DVD's and possibly TV in HD.

3. Act as the player for a high quality soundsystem (will look at speakers later).

4. Play games 2 and 3 years from now at acceptable quality.

I'm looking to spend between 1000 and 1200 bucks. I plan on using a 32" HDTV I own as my monitor.


Here's what I've selected for components thus far:

Mobo
2 options to choose between so far:
1. ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131196
2. ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Case
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129154

DVD-RW Drive
SONY White 20X DVD+R 12X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131050

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148140

Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

Memory
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220267

OS
Vista


I am sure there are some dumb mistakes above, I am really learning as I go here. Please give me your thoughts on my mobo choices, my rig overall, and what I should change if anything. Thanks in advance!!!
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  1. Motherboard: #2
    Video card: 4850 not 8800GT
    Memory: 2x 2GB not 4x 1GB
    Hard drive: get the 32MB cache version

    Not bad otherwise. GREAT choice on the PSU. This is usually a big miss for new builders.
  2. WOW that was fast! Thanks! Could you explain why the 4850 rather than the 8800GT? I have heard very good things about the 8800GT. I was thinking the same thing about the memory, will make that change. I will also take a look at 32MB cache hard drives. Again, thanks!
  3. 4850 smashes 8800GT in just about every benchmark you can throw at it.

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTUzNywxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

    Just one example.
  4. Having taken your recommendations into consideration here is the retooled version of my system:

    My retooled system based on your recommendations:

    Mobo
    ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

    Processor
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

    Case
    Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129154

    DVD-RW Drive
    SONY White 20X DVD+R 12X DVD+RW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827131050

    Hard Drive
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

    Video Card
    ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253

    Power Supply
    PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

    Memory
    Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220315

    OS
    Vista

    Could someone make a recommendation on a wireless card for gaming/occasional torrenting use? Thanks for all the help!
  5. Okay, so I'm not sure why everyone goes for the Q6600. From everything I've read, almost no software makes use of more than 2 cores. I'm getting ready to build a gaming rig at the end of the month, and as far as I can figure the e8500 is a much better way to go. Am I wrong? I want to know.

    Also -- wrt to case. I love my old Antec Sonata. The P180 / 182 look great but I HATE doors. I went with an Antec Three Hundred instead. I couldn't bring myself to put a door between me and the drive bays. It's just annoying... but probably my own idiosyncratic pet peeve.
  6. just make sure that the patriot ram is supported by your mobo,check online,download the manual and the q v list,some ram will work in mobos that they are not approved for,,but it is a hit or miss scene,the "egg" are good takerbackers,, have to mail it etc,,,,if you can,, buy your ram locally,then if there is/are any issues[?????] ..:>)
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