1) You dont need a raptor as your OS drive for one.. I'm starting to get irritated at the haze of confusion surrounding those drives. No matter how many times or how many different ways i explain it people still keep recommending it =/
The raptor drives have 2 heads, so they allow read/writes at the same time. They're also 10,000rpm so they get a little faster throughput. But you arent going to notice **ANY** difference between it and a WD 40gb 8mb cache 7200rpm ide drive. Those extra 2800RPMS are just killing the life of the drive especially if you're going to be gaming on the system.
2) Getting a 4000 isnt going to do you anymore good than getting a 3200, especially if you're overclocking. You're just flushing your money down the toilet. The 3000,3200,3500,3800,4000,fx series, etc all come off the same wafer.. Meaning the same core that is in the 3000 is the same core that is in the fx-55.. The only difference is where the multiplier is locked at.
3) If you aren't going to be overclocking there is no reason to get overclocking memory
4) the evga 6800gts are sweet good choice, and the dfi sli board is the only one ive seen as of yet that will run both pcie slots @ 16x.
AMD 64 x2 3800 Venice @ 2.0
Zalman 7700 @ 28c
2 x Samsung 1gb DDR400 CL2.5
2 x eVga 6800 256mb GT
430mhz Core / 1.1ghz Memory
Sandra Memory Bench:
Sandra Cpu Arithmetic:
Eat your heart out intel.