First time building gaming rig

Alright so I have spent lots of time scouring the forums reading about system builds. There is a ton of great advise but unfortunately I am still stuck in what to go with. I am running an old P4 2.8 I built 7+ years ago and am now (finally) looking to build a gaming rig. Below is a list of parts I am considering using. I am looking for some advice as its has been a long time since I was shopping for parts. I was given an Antec 900 case so that's what I am hoping to build around. Not sure as to the video card or power supply as of yet so any suggestions are definitely welcome.

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz


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  1. MoBo - I'd buy the P6X58D

    CPU - The new 930 is $5 more than the 920

    RAM - I'd get these over the dominators for fit purposes.

    PSU - Antec EA-650 is a god fit for that case

    GFX - Primarily a budget consideration after you pick your usage and resolution.

    < $100 - GTS 250 includes free Resident Evil 5 or other Capcom game

    <$200 - Twin HD 4850

    <$300 - HD 5850 OK missed it by $10

    I think the Prolimatech Megahalems is a better cooler than the V8. Pick from the top 3 or 4 here:

    And for the TIM, same deal with the top 3 or 4 here:

    here's what I'm putting in now:
  2. Wow, great list. Thanks for the quick reply. I will run through all the links now!
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