legendor: what are your thoughts about my build suggestion? (see couple of posts ago). For $20 extra, he can throw in a Q6600 (the 45nm chips are a total waste of money imo, given that Nehalem is so close in the future, and they don't really add to performance). Given that this is a $1,500 budget, he could probably even afford a Q6700, which imo is the best chip in terms of price/performance.
I think the combination of a high speed dual core CPU (or quad core), SLI-ed 8800GTS's, a 750W Quality PSU is a great gaming rig, and within budget.
Edit: I never incluse a TIM in the budget, since I assume that any half decent builder has plenty of that stuff
. Ok, I am probably wrong (I have 3 tubes AS5, all half empty, and 2 tubes Shin-Etsu, both also partly used).