I'm an old guy, (40). This is my first build. It's my "dream computer". I'm only a light gamer. Mostly everyday stuff, but will do some HD editing for home use and multi track recording.
I know this system may be overkill, but I have a nice size budget, and figure more is better than less. My theory is it shouldn't get outdated as fast, and I will always be happy with it's performance.
Please review this list and let me know if you see something really wrong with my direction.
Case: Lian Li PC-7FN
Mobo: Asus P6X58D-E
CPU: i7 980X
Cool: Noctua NH-U12DX
GPU: Sapphire Vapor-x 5870
HDD: Seagate Bar. XT ST32000641AS (2T)
SDD: Crucial C300 CTFDDAC064MAG (for fast boots)
RAM: Patriot Viper II sec 7 12GB
Card Reader: HP AR941AA
BR Burner: HP bd340i
6GB RAM and an i7 950 will save you alot of money and wont hamper your performance at all. Excessive RAM wont make your system faster and can even slow it down a percent or two.
There are lots of good coolers that are far less expensive than the Noctua. If you dont plan on doing heavy overclocking you could go with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus, Scythe Mugen 2 (SCMG-2100) or Xigmatek Balder/Dark Knight. All are basically as good as the Noctua 12 but cheaper. The Noctua 14 is top notch, but I didnt check to see if your case is wide enough for it.