I'm ready to buy this system (probably late tonight) and just thought I'd run it by the experts here for opinions or places for possible modifications...
The system is for me and my wife and I haven't played a game on the PC since about 3 years ago when I quit WoW. I don't want to build a system that is crippled for games, but that isn't my #1 priority. We typically use it for things like video/photo editing. My wife will use it mainly to blog and read websites which anything I build should be fine for. I also use it for development projects using things like Visual Studio, MySQL, Apache, and other development tools.
Budget - Under $1000 is probably alright, but I'd like to stay as close to or under $900 as possible.
Here is what I've got right now - I'm completely torn on the CPU between the E8500 (Core 2 duo) and the Q6600 (Core 2 quad) - many recommendations online say go with the duo, but they're all aimed at gamers which isn't my primary purpose.
Unless your going to do some serious overclocking, there is no need for that Xigmatek. And if you are going to overclock, then get the Gkill Black for $10 more so that your ram will overclock along with your cpu. Also that Xigmatek is needs the retention bracket for obvious reasons.