that with an ATI 5850, ordering next week as soon as a 5850 shows up on newegg, heh
I'll explain why i chose everything; was aiming to keep the build below 1500usd, but i needed new everything.
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core - i spent an immense amount of time deciding on the cpu. obviously there is a lot to choose from, but i limited myself to the new Intel lineup. Initially, i wanted to do the i7 920. triple channel and hyperthreading. it's a hot processor metaphorically speaking, but the i7 860 is about the same on a die shrink. has no triple channel, though. the i5 is the same as the i7 860, but the i5 has no hyperthreading. (when i say they are the same, this is from an overclocker's point of view. at stock, you are best off with the i7 860, imo. keeps you on the newer socket, too.)
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - best cpu hsf i could find that would fit in my case.
ATI 5850 - not on the list, but the thing pretty much speaks for itself. blows away everything short of crossfire or the 5870/5970 cards. at 300usd. can't wait to push this card. Note, for anything less than futureproofing performance, i advise going with the 5770. Multi-GPU support like crossfire in the 5 series provides unparalleled scaling.
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - tight timings, low voltages. i'll get more later if i feel a need for 8gb.
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel - cheap motherboard, dual bios, has a PATA slot
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - Getting two of these to use for my first personal raid 0.
LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX - it's a sexy case, i'd not get any other for this style of mATX build
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular - this system is relatively low watt. just needed something stable with 500-600 watts, but modular. needed the modularity for my case.
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - splurged a little because i could. otherwise, i'd probably have gone with 21-23" 5ms acer.
and for the most important part!
RAZER Lachesis Phantom White 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - love it, don't need the extra dpi, sorry ds ;]
XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad - this was actually a bit of a quick choice. i assume it will work as intended.
TOTAL PRICE: $1480usd with shipping
Note: without the monitor, mouse, mousepad, cpu hsf or hdds: ~1000usd
Note: I have a couple of black dvd-rw's that i will stick in this box, that's why i needed a PATA slot til i find it's time for a sata bdrom
Anyway, i'm pretty excited about this build. :]
Copy/Pasted my post made elsewhere.