Thank you so much for all your input. Nagasama - yes, I have to concede that you do win
Believe me, I was rooting for you to win, though. I knew if I issued a challenge that people would come up with the goods, no one wants to lose
I went to bestbuy this morning to find out additional information about that comp, and the idiots working there did not have a clue. I wanted to find out about the wattage and maker of the power supply, and the companies that make the ram, hard drive, motherboard, etc. They couldn't tell me anything about it, so I decided bestbuy can go to ****. It's amazing to me that they could be selling a computer and not be able to tell you any details about it....
I think I might even splurge and get the 8800gts 320... and to compensate I'm going to drop the windows vista for now - maybe when dx10 games come out I'll get it. But for now XP should suffice. And I'm going to leave out the printer because I don't really need it. The e6600 will be great - I definitely don't think I need the quad-core. Also I think I'm going to do a seagate hd instead of the western digital one. But anyway, here is what I'm thinking about now (it is basically nagasama's suggestions with a few changes):
intel core 2 duo e6600 - 222.90
nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel motherboard - 108.99
gskill 2gb ram - 104.99
Hanns widescreen 19" - 169.99
seagate barracuda hd 500gb sata - 119.99
coolmax power supply - 79.99
cooler master case - 44.99
lg dvd burner - 29.99
evga geforce 8800gts 320 - 314.99
artic silver compound - 5.99
The total comes to 1202.81. And if I'm feeling cheap at the last minute, I'll switch the 8800 back to the 8600... it is quite tempting to get the more expensive one, though...
Any additional comments? Am I forgetting anything? Also, do I need any additional cooling or should this be fine (assuming that I won't overclock)?