New System Build

Well here it is, I finally ordered everything for my first build. Hope it all looks ok. Been drooling over this for months, and it will be here by friday. Have a look, and if you think of anything I should get prepared for please share it with me. This is a gaming machine only, and I do plan to OC, when I learn how. Besides updating the bios, and running memtest on the ram, what else should I do to get this thing up and running?

Silverstone TJ09
EVGA 780i
E8400 or Q9450
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm
RAM - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB)1066
(2) EVGA 8800GT in sli
(2)THERMALTAKE|CL-G0102 Duo-orb
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
ZALMAN MFC2 Muti Fan Controller
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Series Sound Card
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    Do not SLI right now!! It is a waste of money in a big big way with the new 2xx series video cards that will beat your setup with 1 card right around the corner.

    Not to mention that nVidia's Intel chipset motherboards are just poor.

    Can the motherboard, pick up a Asus/Gigabyte P35 or X38 motherboard like the DS3L for P35 or P5E for X38 instead. Can one of the video cards and use eVGA's trade up to pick up a 2xx when they are out.

    Drop the sound card too while you are at it. Creative cards are terrible and not needed without high end speakers.

    PSU is way overkill also. Power PC and Cooling 610W is more than sufficient.
  2. Well I have owned the video cards for months already, and I will be using in this system, also the sound card is a couple of years old. Oh and I have the bose companion 3 speakers. I should have mentioned that. Thanks for the reply though.
  3. Oh well, you might want to sell one of the cards and keep one for now and then upgrade. The reason why is the 2xx series will use much less power also.

    But sine you already own the cards go for it.

    Look at Asus sound cards. Creative has handsdown the worst drivers in the industry.
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