Approximate Purchase Date: December 2010
Budget Range: 900 - 1000$ - No Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required:
LG L226WTQ-BF Black 22" 2ms
Logitech MX 518 Optical Gaming Mouse
Antec Nine Hundred two
Corsair HX 620W – Modular
WD Blue 640GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA II
APC UPS BR1500 LCD
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 to 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Gaming PC – SSD for OS (64 bit obvious and games)
Second, drop the Zalman cooler. Instead, pick up the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (currently sold out on Newegg, but usually around $40) or the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus ($30ish). They're cheaper and generally considered to be better options.
Third, drop the SSD. It's expensive and won't really help you that much. Instead, pick up the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (also currently sold out, usually bewteen $55 and $70) or Spinpoint F4 320 GB ($50 with shipping) as your HDD (assuming you were only going to use the SSD).
Fourth, take all that money I've saved you ($40 on the RAM, $15-25, $120+ on the SSD/HDD) and throw it into the GPU. That's enough for either a second 460 (you'll need a different board, like the Asus P7P55D-E Pro) or the HD 6950 or 6970. That'll give you a lot more power in a build that costs basically the same.
You've got your Corsair, your 1600 Mhz and your Cas7. You'll never need those heat spreaders
Everything looks almost perfect apart from the board. While it's a damn good series, you're not getting an SLI ready board should you ever need to add a 2nd GPU. If you need one, you can get the 'pro' version for 'bout 50 bucks extra.
I'm going to steer you clear of the OCZ PSUs. They aren't the highest quality. Instead, check out similar models from Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, XFX or Antec. They're the highest quality brands out there.
I'll also caution you that if you decide to get the GTX 470, 480, dual 460s or the HD 69xx, you'll want a larger unit than 550W. For dual 460s or single 470, you'll need at least a 650W unit (Corsair's the cheapest at $60 with promo code and rebate). For a single 480, you'll want a 750W unit to be safe (again, Corsair's is the cheapest). For the HD 69xx, the 550W might be enough, but I'd recommend a 650W to be safe.
If you decide you want the option for Crossfire/SLI (dual cards) for the above, add 200W to the PSU size.