Right now I have this in my head for a gaming build (That will also be used for some photoshopping / flash creating etc.).
Just to note, I'm not really into overclocking, I want the most bang for my buck I guess. I don't have any preferences to Intel / AMD or Nvidia / ATI but I figured I'd try an AMD build since all I've used before is Intel.
I just figured I'd get some opinions of some people who might know a thing or two more than I do before I spend the money.
You have selected an SLI motherboard and an ATI graphics card. Might be a bad idea. Some people say that you can run XFire on SLI boards, but I personally have not seen any hard evidence of this. Just a heads up.
Also, I know you said your not into overclocking, but that cpu begs for it to be done. A lot of mb/bios now adays, make it really easy to oc. You can actually click an option that says to oc by a certain %, and it does all the work for you. Understand?
So, you might want to think about getting an after market air heatsink and overclocking by 10% or something....
I did look into the whole ATI video cards on an nvidia motherboard and there doesn't seem to be a problem with it apparantly (but I probably would try two nvidia cards later on if I have some money to spend I suppose).
Yeah I'd probably try OCing in small bits just to sqeeze some more performance out of it. But nothing extreme probably.
I'm going to go with some OCZ RAM instead (still 2GB) -- 3-3-3-8 is the timing I believe. I've never really known a whole lot about how timing goes though.
Is the only reason you want a PSU as beefy as that one because you're considering SLI/Xfire in the future? Your system as you have it right now wouldn't use nearly that amount of power, plus, even if you are anticipating dual GPUs in the future, it looks like that PSU only has 1 PCI-E connector, so that wouldn't really be an option anyway... Just something to consider... Looks like it should be a good system though...