Originally Posted by rippon
Pretty much what I have settled on, so far. The only difference being in the PSU. I like the FSP PSUs because they have always done me well
And have very good ratings everywhere. I think the e2160 what I want, too.
Sounds good, heres a couple things I would recommend though.
For the PSU, that rig won't even need more than ~400W from a quality PSU, so you're really overdoing it. I'm not sure if the OCZs are rebranded FSPs but they are are really great PSUs and can save you a couple bucks. I would reccomend the GXS600 Model incase you feel like upgrading something in the future.
Secondly, the E2160 is about 95$, you can find the E4400 for about $120. I would highly recommend spending the extra $20 bucks and get the E4400. It can overclock really well (3GHz ++ on air), unlike the E2160 which you'd have to get a lucky chip to push it that high.
And to reassure you on the 7900GS, they are EXCELLENT overclockers. When I mean excellent, I'm saying they can easily be pushed to 25% above default, it truly is a great overclocker and if you don't believe me you can check out some reviews. As for the performance, I'm sure the 8600GTS will improve slightly with better drivers, but one thing is for sure - the card is simply not good enough to play DirectX 10 games. Sure, it will be playing them better than the 7900GS, but that's because the 7900GS won't be playing them in DX10, they'll be playing them in DX9 much better than the 8600GTS will be able to. Even the 8800's are considered low-end for DX10, getting terrible frames, so don't count on a 8600GTS to do ya any good for DX10.