First PC Build -- Need Advice

After reading a bunch of other threads and replies, I've finally decided I need to post my own.

I'm venturing into building my first Desktop PC. It's something I plan to take my time in doing and am in no hurry. I've managed to pick out these pieces. I've already bought the case and power supply. It will primarily be used for programming/coding in Visual Studio PRO 2008 and gaming (Lots of Warhammer Online).

Also, thoughts on XP/Vista and 32bit/64bit?

I'm having trouble picking out RAM for it. Newegg says DDR2 1333, but I thought 1333 was a DDR3 speed...

NZXT LEXA BlackLine Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N980-AR GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Power 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue WD4000AAJB 400GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Retail

LG Black 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20LK - OEM

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

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  1. Whats your budget? It seems to be around ~$1500 based on your selected components.
  2. That's about right. I'm pretty flexible. I've undertaken this as a kind of project to last me a while. Once it's built I really look forward to upgrading in the future, etc...
  3. Change the graphics card to a 4850, change the PSU to a 450-550w, Corsair would be fine, upgrade the HDD to a WD6400AAKS, and ditch the Blu-ray drive. Add on an aftermarket heatsink to the graphics and cpu.

    Pick up the Toxic 4850, the VF900 is an amazing gpu heatsink.
    I'd go for a Corsair 550VX or an OCZ ModXStream 500w for the PSU.
    The HDD speaks for itself. Read benches.
    Blu-Ray hasn't established itself just yet-not worth the drive-bay IMHO.
    Adding an aftermarket heatsink to the CPU, something like the HDT-S1283 would be good for overclocking, and stretching more performance/dollar out of your system. Same goes for the GPU, with the VF900 on the it, you'll be able to push high clocks out the graphics card, thus yielding more performance and keeping the system cool.

    Sorry, too lazy to explain much more than I already have.
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