As far as I can tell, these parts will go together, but this is only my second build and I would like to be sure. Can anybody give me their expert opinion on the compatibility of these components? Suggestions on better parts are welcome. Thanks!
Do you plan on ever getting another video card? Both your mobo and GPU are SLI compatible, if you aren't planning on getting a second card, then you won't need SLI.
Your MOBO and processor seem to work with each other.
Why the (2x512)? If you can't afford another (2x1GB), then just go for a 1GB stick.
Your GPU is good, but 'word on the street' is there will be a new 8800gts 640MB in roughly mid november. More shader pixels or something.
You case looks cool, but I would not buy a $300 case. If you are buying it for the 1000w psu, then you might as well pick a different case. That PSU is a tier four. Try picking something from tier 2 or 1 for a high-end system.
Your system needs no where near as much power as that PSU can supply. And like aadamszc said, it's not a highly rated unit. You would save yourself money if you switched the case and went with a different PSU, something like a Corsair HX620 or a PCP&C Silencer 610. If you like the blue look of the case, take a look at the Antec 900 or the Thermaltake Armor/Jr. You'd end up saving about 100 bucks.
I picked two 512 and two 1GB to take advantage of the dual channel kits. I'll probably be using WinXP-32bit for a while yet, so I want to stay at 3GB of total ram... Is my thinking wrong there?
The case/psu choice is for the combo specifically. I like the combination of case size, fan setup, removable mobo tray, and the PSU output. Without the PSU the case is $250, so the $150 difference for the 1000w PSU looked like a good deal.
I appreciate your recommendations though, what would you suggest for an alternative case? Thanks!
P.S. Out of curiosity, how significant is ram voltage in relation to the CPU? AMD recommends 1.8v RAM for CPU I picked, and that influenced my choice of RAM as well.
Regarding the PSU, you probably won't even need 1000W. If you visit THIS website, you may get a better idea of how much power you are needing. Ultimately, choosing for a tier 4 PSU is really a bad idea because it will likely fail in a short period of time.
I'm not really a big help when it comes to cases because I like to cut corners on that part. When choosing a case, it really is just a personal choice. You just need to make sure it has adequate airflow/space. The ones that "lostandwandering" suggested seem to be decent.
About the RAM voltage, I can't say I am very experienced with that. Just taking a stab in the dark, I would assume that more voltage to the ram increases the speed, but too much voltage could be a bad thing. I don't think it has a super-high bearing on how the cpu preforms, but what do I know?