Like the topic says, I am no hardware guru and am looking to build the best machine I can for under $900. Based on benchmarks and reviews these are the parts I have come up with. I am wondering if anyone here has any suggestions, can see any possible compatibility issues or etc.
EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card
First, welcome. Second, all is fine and dandy with your choice of parts. Thirdly, I would add an after-market HSF for that E8400. Fourth, if you wish to oc, I would change that OCZ ram for some DDR2-1000 sticks - more headroom.
I'll second what Charlie said. Everything looks good but you might as well get faster RAM for the price of it. If you decide to overclock in the future your RAM won't hold you back but you also get the advantage of it now as you can still run the RAM at rated speed. You can make the RAM's frequency faster than the CPU's FSB but you can't make it slower AFAIK.
Appreciate the feedback guys. I was considering the OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit. It's still DDR2-800 but is faster. Also, one of my friends suggested getting the OEM E8400 and the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM for the after-market HSF. As it would be about the same price as the E8400 retail.