Thanks for your input!
I tweaked the list somewhat and came across a Brazos/ Fusion platform
. Think I might be going with this one although I'd "only" be saving about $40.
As for RAM, I ditched the G.Skill Sniper from my original list and will be replacing it with low profile RAM. I figured there probably is not much point spending the extra money on low voltage RAM. I am also considering going with 4GB rather than 8GB but would like to hear some arguments.
REPLACED: the case/ PSU combo from above with a Silverstone MILO
and an Antec 380W EarthWatts
. Main reason was to go with a better PSU (again, thanks for the input) and a case that provides better airflow.
As for hard drive, I am thinking of putting in an OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3
. Those can be had for around $50 these days but I've heard/ read many negative things about the drives causing problems such BSOD's down the road, although their overall rating seems pretty decent - it seems to be a draw of luck whether you get your hands on one that works or not.
And I am abandoning the idea of an aftermarket CPU heatsink altogether.
GA-EP43-UD3L . Q8300 . HIS 5850 . 2x2GB . Windows 7