Hopefully this will be ready to purchase now. Had to make some adjustments, mainly going from a Q9450 to a Q6600 and mobo from rampage formula to asus p5q pro to bring the cost down. Hopefully it won't make too huge a difference :( Going to overclock this to try and get more potential out of it. Let me know what you think/suggestions/alterations. Price comes out to about $2,654. I'm trying to keep it under $2700. Thanks for all your advice!
Case: Antec 900 Mobo: ASUS P5Q Pro CPU: Intel Q6600 RAM: Mushkin Ascent: pc2-8500 DDR2-1066 4GB Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 4870 X2 Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1tb Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S203N PSU: Corsair HX1000W Monitor: BenQ V2400W 24" Sound Card: X-FI Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Professional Series Speakers: Logitech G51 Keyboard: Microsoft Reclusa Mouse: Microsoft Habu OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Heatsink: OCZ Vendetta 2 Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2
Don't get 1tb drive. Better off with RAID 0 a couple of 640gb either WD or seagate, whichever is cheaper. It works out to be almost the same price and gives you nearly an extra 300gb and will be much faster.
Also, I don't think G51 speakers warrant a sound card for. Maybe if you get some Z-5500's, but that might put you over budget.
Nice parts, you'll be very happy once it's up and running.
I agree with 2x640gb drives, whether you Raid or not.
ANY sound card makes a difference. I was amazed at the difference between onboard and the X-Fi Extreme Audio, and that was a cheap card. Running Logitech X-540's. The Asus Xonar DX would also be a good card, $50 cheaper than the Creative you've listed.
Placed my order last night. I'm confident this will be a good one. I ended up making it a bit better in the end thanks to all your great suggestions that saved me some money and allowed me to get the 45nm chip and better mobo. With shipping and handling the total came to $2,800 which I feel is . I opted for an 850w psu in the end because I don't think I'll need the 1000w. Read alot of different opinions and reviews about monitors, sound cards etc. but I just went with what was in the budget and what I thought would be good enough. I'm coming from onboard audio and 2.1 so anything is an upgrade. I wasn't sure I was happy with the case but it really does seem to be a popular one right now. All in all it's a far cry from top of the line but I think it'll allow for some decent overclocking and some good gaming.
Here it is :) I'll try to take a few pics of the build once it arrives. Thanks again for all the help!
Case: Antec 900 Mobo: Asus P5Q Deluxe CPU: Intel Q9450 RAM: Mushkin XP PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 Video Card: Visiontek Radeon HD 4870 X2 PSU: Silverstone Strider 850W Modular Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar 640GB Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S203N Sound Card: Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Pro Series Speakers: Logitech G51 Monitor: BenQ V2400W 24" OS: Vista Home Premium 64-bit Heatsink/Fan: OCZ Vendetta 2/Noctua NF-P12 TP: Arctic Cooling MX-2