I posted a topic yesterday and after reading the comments and other similiar threads, I have decided that I would spend a little more than I planned, especially on the case and 750 Watt PSU, since I figure I can always use these for future upgrades.
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Keep in mind that I already went over budget somewhat so can't really consider any upgrades, but am always happy to save money if I can change anything without compromising the end result (I could save on the PSU but it's a good deal). Also, I plan on OC it at some point in the future and may be adding a second GPU as well.
I'll probably wait a week or two before I order since prices are supposed to be coming down. Thanks for the comments! I spent a lot of time researching and now I'm ready to pull the trigger.
I ordered all the parts on monday and they were delivered wednesday (apart from the RAM, as it had to come from New Jersey but showed up today). Newegg rocks. I have never built a PC before and was understandably nervous, but I took it one step at a time and after four hours was ready to power it up. I can't say enough about the Antec case. It looks great and was very spacious.
Everything fit together nicely and if I had to pick the one thing that was most challenging it was mounting the Zamlman CPU cooler due to tight clearances with the Gigabyte mobo. It powered up without a hitch and after installing Vista I loaded the drivers and can't say enough good things about the components. It ran quiet and cool with the CPU never getting above 28C. I am thrilled at the great experience I've had building this PC and look forward to building more in the future for friends and family.
Anyone considering building a gaming rig for $1,000, feel confident with this build as it will be hard to top.