hey p0sion, just to point out that is a DDR3 mobo and you picked DDR2 ram. and after picking the same board for my new build i got to reading that DDR3 is just a minimal performance upgrade for a high cost, also i read that overclocking the 790i boards is pretty hard because the bios are pretty buggy atm. but if your looking to SLI out of the gate then the 790i is a good way togo. i don't think you would notice anything over 4gb of ram unless your doing video editing. and your monitor is a sound card?!
I was considering the E8500. What are the reasons for that mobo Houston? Also I think I'd much rather wait for the next nVidia cards, I currently have an 8800GT and now think a 9800GX2 would be a waste, but if you can provide reason then please do
Well pretty much any cpu at stock clocks might struggle with 2 gtx 280...it depends just how quick they are.
If you are not going to OC then the 8500 is probably your best bet, at least until games actually start to utilise the 4 cores. When this does happen a quad core would give you a very big advantage...the higher freq the better.
If you are going to OC then the Q9450 is a very sound choice. Im not really an expert, but i gave heard that it can reach some very nice speeds, speeds which should be able to keep up with the sli setup. Of course the 8500 (or 8400) can also be OCed even higher....but what im trying to say is that when OCed the q9450 should be sufficient even if games dont start using 4 cores soon. If the q9450 isnt OCed then it might bottle neck your sli setup (in games that cant use 4 cores) depending upon how quick the new cards are.
Excellent I'm really glad to hear that lameness. I intended on OCing as i hear they are quite stable to OC, my next question is should i go for liquid cooling, or could you reccommend a good air cooler? Also a PSU, these are the two areas that I'm not confident in
I'd like to point-out that Creative's Vista support isn't really good so spending 180$ for the Sound Blaster might be a complete waste. Unless you got a real trained ear, you probably won't see the difference with on-board sound anyway.
Oh, that's no good whats wrong with their Vista support Zenthar?
Many people were reporting crashed, missing features, ... only under Vista. There problems date a while back, but some people still have problems (see here). I heard they released new drivers or tool really recently, like in the past 1-2 weeks that might fix it, but I'm using on-board so I'm not sure.
BTW, if you want an off-board card for gaming performances, you might want to check this thread.
my next question is should i go for liquid cooling, or could you reccommend a good air cooler?
If you feel that you want to spend the cash on a good water cooled setup, go for it. I have been running water for 5+ years and have enjoyed it. There are very good air coolers out now that are in the $40-$50 range that do quite well, so its hard to say liquid to the majority of users simply for that reason.
For most, its about the customization and the DIY part that draws most people. If you get some knowledge about how to set them up, they are quite reliable (with reliable parts, of course). Just try to think ahead and get things like a pump, radiator (res, if you want) and blocks that you can use down the road; preferably ones that use a bracket that can be changed out (with new CPU/GPU) chips.