Re: Your suggestions..
Yea lmao make sure you get reliable sources such as overclock.net which is where I learned and still learn today.
EDIT: The Intel's have a price drop. The E6600 is the main one that will be cut down but its going from 310-220 which is still out of that budget. The E4300 will be 113 bucks but motherboards are cheaper on AMD and the X2 3600 is fast enough. The AM2 board will allow an easy upgrade later on to the new AMD chips, the Kuma, Agena, and Barcelona.
E6300 w/ Arctic Freezer Pro 7 @ 3.6ghz 1.4Vcore
Antec 900 Case
EVGA 750i FTW Mobo
4x1GB of G.skill DDR2-800
2 8800GT in SLI
22" Samsung Syncmaster
1 250GB WD and 1 Seagate 7200.10 in RAID 0
Corsair 520HX 3DMark06 Score: 13900