So what I had thought about doing was going ahead and upgrading everything BUT the video cards, case, and PSU and then around X-mas going with something close to the latest and greatest GPU setup. I'd also probably be upgrading PSU at that time as this one only has 30A on 12v rail.
So in keeping with the sticky format:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: under 1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, AutoCad, Photoshop, Office, Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Case, PSU, CD drive, Floppy drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Indifferent to AMD / Intel / Nvidia / ATI
OVERCLOCKING: When the system starts to show signs of it's age SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
Some explanation is required. I choose the ASUS MicroATX for a couple reasons. One being it's $100 less than a comparable board (that I could find) and the second being with the audio chip the board uses I wouldn't have the need for my Auzentech anymore so there is no need for the additional PCI slots.
So that's what I'm faced with and I leave it to you to help me choose the right path to take.
I gotta echo the ASUS P6X58D-E MoBo .... that board is "the steal" at the moment....which is why it's sold out.
I'd shy away from the RAM w/ tall heat spreaders as these often conflict with CPU heat sinks.....maybe not the one you have chosen but your next one. These are $10 more but low profile and slightly faster (7-8-7-20 versus 7-8-7-24) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Given the AutoCAD and Photoshop Usage, I'd definitely recommend an nVidia 470 when you upgrade ....save one of the 8800's as a dedicated PhysX card....add another 470 in SLI later on which a decent 850 watt PSU will easily handle.
As for the Heat Sink.....the reviews are getting more and more consistent.