Hello to you all, wise men and women of my favorite forum.
I'm building a new computer, probably around August 15, for somewhere around 1700 usd at current exchange rate (I'm in Norway, so roughly 9-10 000 nok), but less is better. I'm mostly looking for value here.
I've already got a 1TB internal and a 1,5 TB external drive for storage, a 750w corsair power supply, keyboard/mouse, a dvd-burner(that I never use) and (don't shoot me now) I'm thinking of holding on to my gtx 260 graphics card. To tell you the truth, it really hasn't been the bottleneck of my current computer (asus p5w dh deluxe, core 2 duo and 2 gb of corsair ram, all from 2006), so I'll buy a new one if the need should arise.
I'm also buying some arctic silver cooling paste and an extra 120 mm fan for the case. Shopping from the cheapest vendors in Norway, shipment included, my total is 8806 NOK or 1634 USD. Prices are a littel bit steeper in Norway than in the U.S., and especially compared to newegg, so lets call it a 1300 dollar newegg-system.
I'm going to be using this computer for almost everything, but mostly gaming, media and school work (programming, and creating flash)
I would recommend the corsair kit you linked. 1866 will beat 1600 in any brand... feels odd saying that as we have been saying the opposite for years. Used to be latency was more important than clock speed.
The 1.5V kits have proven to be more trouble-free and stress the system less. 1.65V is the old standard for X58 boards.
Did you read the SSD article that is on the front page? It's good info.
I will mention after a time my old 750TX developed a loose 24-pin connector. I'm a water-cooler and frequent upgrader and the part wore out. Corsair replaced it with a new 750TX V2, which was very nice of them. I'm just saying it's something to think about. I now use a fully modular Seasonic in my primary rig.