I am in the process of choosing components for building my first PC. I'll be using it mostly for gaming and web browsing. I've benefited a lot from some of the threads here (in fact, I've chosen my graphics card and mobo based on what I've read on this forum).
I now have an idea of what parts I want, but seeing as how this is my first time, I'd appreciate the input of more experienced people. This is what I have so far:
The one you chose is an x38 board, designed to crossfire. Crossfire is when you use two ATI cards (like 4870s). You cannot use two GTX 280s on this board, and so there would be no reason to get that combination.
Looks good, are you planning to overclock? If not maybe getting an E8500/E8400 would suit you more, also 8GB is currently still overkill. When gaming in vista I never even get close to 4GB memory usage with games like crysis or other intensive games.