Originally posted by Akulamkii
Thanks for the input guys. I've decided to go with an XFX PV-T71G-UDF7 Geforce 7900GT 256MB card since its only $40 more after rebate and is brand new (as opposed to recertified).
Also, casewise I'm thinking of going with the Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0.
My main objection to upgrading from an E6300 to an E6600 is that I'm not sure how much I will need the performance increase compared to how much I could improve performance elsewhere with the $150 I'd be spending.
When everyone says "dude, dont get the e6300, it's crap, get the e6600" we have to take a few things in account here. 1, regardless of what processor he's coming from, it's going to be fast as ****, 2, how much difference are you really going to see between the e6600 and e6300 in today's programs unless you're encoding video or audio or something. Whatever the difference, it certainly doesnt justify the extra cost (unless you have extra money to spend and you dont care). Also, getting an e6300 now costs way less and if you ever did want to upgrade, you could always go get the e6600 which will be much cheaper down the road.
By the way, I'm having the following in my sig coming in today.. the 6300, the RAM(got the same as you), the 7900gt (leadtek), ds3 mobo, and the xclio case. We pretty much had the same build!
Oh, also, I would NOT get an Ultra ATA drive. Look for a good SATA drive on newegg, trust me, SATA=way better unless you're using it as a backup drive, then it doesnt really matter unless you want the really quick transfer speeds.
Here's a pretty good deal
and here's one in case you dont feel you need 320GB