Looks good. The only thing I'd change is getting the 1GB version of the 4870 or getting the Overclocked Diamond Black Version. I'd also say go with a 2ms Samsung for the Monitor if you can afford it of course ^_^
The JEDEC standard voltage for DDR2 RAM is 1.8V. Anything higher is a factory overclock, and timings will be worse on the standard voltage (e.g. 6-6-6-18), or it may not be stable, until you manually set the voltage higher. You'll need to do that after any BIOS reset.
I like your build so much I may borrow some of it for myself.
I'm currently in the works to spend about 1200 on mine
And that looks ideal..
Your needs may differ from his. You should start your own thread before you place the order.
For example a Q6600 might be a smarter choice than E8500, depending on what you do with the PC.
Or you could dump the whole Xigmatek cooler+bracket+AS5 combo if you don't overclock.
Or if you already have a monitor and speakers you could use the money to upgrade the video card as far as HD 4870 X2 while still staying around $1200 total.
Yeah Aevm has a point.. I did do alot of research on this but there are alternatives to almost anything I bought.. memory is basically buy whichever big brand is the best deal at the time.. my corsair sticks went on sale right before I bought it.. was going with ocz or mushkin before that.
Video card, yeah I could've done better, the 4870 looks like the best price/performance though at this point. Although I'm thinking I should've sprang the extra 30 for 1gb =/ oh well.. I'm playing games at 1680x1040 so it shouldn't make a massive difference..
Quad Core isn't utilized as well as it could be for most of the things I will be doing (gaming), but quad is futureproof, so games that come out that use the architecture will benefit greatly, I just didn't like the q6600 for the price range.. 65nm and lower clock speeds..
And I did ask for advice here and there for the parts before I built the system.. I just wanted some input now that my build is complete..
Having some trouble installing the heatsink though.. those bolts still take some pressure to get threaded lol
but I'll make sure to post some benchmarks/pics when I'm done =)) (that is, if I didn't wreck my slot 775 by trying to put the protecting cover back on UNDER the clip instead of over it!! !)