Ok guys. Thanks for all of the input. I think that I am going to order my parts tonight. Here is the final list based on your thoughts and my needs. Please give me any final comments/advice!
DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $198
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ ClawHammer 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail $385
Leadtek WinFast PX7800GTX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $499
X2 OCZ Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail $416.50
Lian Li PC-60BPlus Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $129
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM $183
X2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM $224
CD / DVD Drives & Media > CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives) > Sony > SONY Black IDE Combo Drive Model CRX320EE/B2S - OEM
SONY Black IDE DVD Burner Model DWQ28A - OEM $40.99
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM $141.95
OCZ OCZ600ADJ-SLI PowerStream SLi w/Adjustable Power Rails & LED 600W PS $193
ideazon Zboard Gaming PW1USE1-B3ZBD01 2-Tone 108 Normal Keys 17 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail $43
Possibly this monitor (I'm not sure if it is worth not using my 21" CRT I got with my Dell 4 years ago)
ViewSonic VP191B Black 19" 8ms (gray-to-gray); 20ms (black-white-black, typ) LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 800:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail $439.99
Total with Monitor = $2,924.43 with/out Monitor $2,484.44
I will also be getting the Creative X-FI when it comes out.
Thanks for all the feed back you guys shaved between $500 to $1,000 off of the Dell system I was looking at. Do I need any special tools to put the PC together. How long do you think it will take a first timer to complete?
Any thoughts on a PSU from newegg.com so I can order everything from one place? I want to make sure that it is 24 PIN, 2.01 and all of that other good stuff I don't understand but you guys have mentioned.
Also do I need to buy any Fans for the computer?
What are your thoughts on that moniter? Should I keep my current or get the new one?
Do I need a floppy drive for setting the system up? Is it wise to get one? Any recomendations or will any work?
Should I get this video card instead - it has better reviews and looks faster?
eVGA 256-P2-N529-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $579