That puts me at about $1780 with shipping but before rebates.
Also I have no idea about overclocking, but after putting this together perhaps I'd explore that option. Also are all my parts compatible (or even good choices)? And do I need a CPU cooler? If so, suggestions? Im not really comfortable spending more than $1800 (unless it REALLY makes sense). All in all, the less money the better!
However, you can still spend way less then that and get older hardware like the Old quads and a good p45 board, upgrade graphics to a higher level and you will have higher gaming performance, you need to decide whats more important to you now.
You might go for a different Samsung 24" monitor at $269 after rebate with free shipping. That one move alone would save you almost the difference in the builds. The best advice i can give about first time builds is to read/study/understand your motherboard manual. Know what goes where, what you aren't going to use, what you will use. Put your motherboard on top of it's anti-static bag and learn all the connectors. Any unfamiliar terminology look up on the net. Read your case instructions and know what connections go where. Static is NOT your friend.
I will indeed make the changes to the red power supply and get the better motherboard. any other recommendations? I would like to order all of the parts today but I want to make sure I have all my bases covered! Oh and I am getting the i7!