SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, Bioshock type games, RTS games, and the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (1280 x 1024 19 inch), speakers, and EVGA 9500 GT 1GB GPU.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any good site in the US.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for i5 quad core
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a case with a window and colored lighting. My biggest concern is selecting parts that are compatible with each other. I will be buying Windows 7 from Best Buy because I already have a gift card for the store. Can I get a way with buying the upgrade version if I have an XP computer I don't use anymore?
Unfortunately you can't directly upgrade from XP to Windows 7, you need to go to Vista first.
Other than that, it looks like a solid system, you may want another fan, and/or a non OEM heatsink, but other than that it looks good
That PSU is a POS. The little red voltage switch and low 70% efficiency are a dead giveaway of a ticking time bomb. It looks like you have a little wiggle room left in your budget. I would check out this case/PSU combo:
What is the difference between the following? The part that concerns me is: Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows