Just last month I was able to assemble what I consider to be my "Diamond in the Rough", the rough being my humble home. hehe
Here are the Specs:
Intel Q6600 Quad Core G0 stepping (2.4GHz with 4MB L2 cache)
MSI X38 Diamond
Inno 3D 8800GT OC edition
G.Skill 2GB DDR3
The G.Skill main memory was the result of my early motherboard choice blunder. I'm not saying that the G.SKill memory is a bad piece to acquire, but it just wasn't supposed to be included in my budget, and at $340 dollars you'll understand why. And like my CPU choice, this memory is considered entry-level in the DDR3 range, but delivers power proportional to its hefty price tag. =P
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case
Zalman CNPS 9700
This wasn't necessary in my rig, but when I saw the blocky and definitely "unsexy" stock Intel cooler, I knew I just had to replace it with a sexier alternative. With its hot looking 100% copper fins and 110mm Fan with blue LED, I was hooked.
Corsair 620W PSU
Since most of the parts I bought were relatively heavy weight in terms of power consumption, I went safe and selected a robust power supply with wattage to spare (unless I crossfire or SLI my GPU's =D ). The good thing about the PSU was it's cables were designed to be modular, meaning, if you don't need a certain cable, you simply don't connect it. Simple and clean workaround to messy cables.