This is what I plan on reusing from my previous computer:
9600 GT (dual slot)
4 GB DDR2 800 (4 x 1 GB)
320 GB hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
This is what I already purchased for my next build:
E8400 (with heatsink and fan)
This is what I need:
Anything else...? (aftermarket cooler, more fans, ???)
Notes: I hope to spend about $350 - $425, do not plan on getting involved with Crossfire or SLI, enjoy a cool and quiet case, will eventually upgrade my video card (waiting for the R700 and GT200 die shrinks), would like a simple, yet reliable DVD drive (nothing wild, as I plan on eventually getting a Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive), and will not overclock the computer.
Important edit: I have about $350 - $425 set aside for just the motherboard, case, dvd drive and power supply. The processor and other parts have already been paid for.
I think it's an earthwatts PSU. You can likely power one 4850, or say an 8800.
So, limited ability to upgrade. It's the best you can do given your budget.
Regarding the whole budget thing, I think we have a little misunderstanding...heh...I have about $350 - $425 set aside for just the motherboard, case, dvd drive and power supply. The processor and other parts have already been paid for.
Anyways...the things I have been suggested so far, while thoughtful and insightful, only total about $200 - $250. While I would love to save a buck here and there and am not the kind of guy that needs to spend money in order to be happy, I am definitely not opposed to some more pricey suggestions, especially in the power supply / case department.
Nevertheless, once again, thank you for all of your advice...I am still kind of a newbie at this.