Based on come comments and input (and enough research to get me into trouble) here is the revised build. First, what was changed were the following items:
1. I deleted the second DVD drive
2. I changed to a different V-Card than the EVGA 512-P3-N800-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit DGGR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card-----listed in the first build but apparently an aged unit.
3. I deleted the HD docking station and am considering a standard enclosure external Hard Drive, but am concerned about overheating.
4. Changed to a faster Duo Core from the orginal Quad Core.
Anyway, here's how it looks now:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
HP LP2065 Silver-Carbonite 20" 8ms LCD Monitor with Height & Pivot Adjustments 300 cd/m2 800:http:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders
And under consideration:
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
(Rick P, could I just ask you if, in your opinion, this Mobo is a fit with the items above? I know I should read the book, but if you already know the answer and can share it with me, I will put in three days in a soup kitchen for the homeless----which may be easier than learning about motherboards.
and a couple of folks recommended a quality DDR2 800 Ram instead of the one above, but NewEgg didn't have the Kingston RAM they mentioned. Any thoughts? how about this one: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Also, some said that the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor would run faster than the Q6600 Kentsfield Quad Core I listed before in most operations, excepting video editing. I will do some light video editing and rendering, so I am still fence sitting a bit here. I'm sure either one will be a vast improvement from what I have now. Any further thoughts?
Again, I am proabaly not going to be up to speed in all facets of these components. I just saw the system that my son's friend helped him put together, and it looked easy enough that I thought I would give it a try. That computer by all reports (he's away in college now) is going strong. I want to improve on those components where I can, but I am afraid I will overlook a compatability issue---and am hoping to avoid that by this post.