Great build? maybe?

Hey, I was just hoping someone could review my build and make sure its ok...all suggestions and feedback are appreciated. btw, I cant spend much more than $1000-1200 dollars AFTER rebates. heres what Ive got so far:

Mobo = $230 XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard

Video card= $270 BFG Tech BFGE98512GTXOC2E GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Processor= $209 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor

Heatsink = $5 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

CPU Fan = $60 Thermaltake CL-P0401 110mm Full-Range Fan CPU Cooler
or should I go with Zalman 9700?

Power = $90 OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V

Ram = $70 OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Case = $130 APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG-BK Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive = $60 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Sound Card = $30 Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

DVD drive = $21 ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A3T

Total Price = $1175


Will my power supply be enough? I know it wont if I want to Sli but I just like that option for much later upgrades

I read bad things about the ocz power supply I was looking at, the ripple gets bad.....whats a good alternative for nearly the same price?

Will either of my heatsinks and fans fit with the motherboard?

Is the Zalman 9700 a better fan option?

I heard bad things about nvidia boards, whats a good alternative? If I change boards should I change the ram too?

Lastly, the big debate.....Quad Core or Duo? Im going to be mainly gaming on the machine, I figured quad core because of good overclock and future multithread games. This article really helped :

ANY Feedback is GREATLY appreciated, this is just what Ive researched and found.
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  1. GA-P35-DS3L, EVGA 8800GTS 512MB
  2. Minimum for that pc would be 450 Watt & 24 Amps. Minimum for that SLI would be 550 Watt 30 Amp. The OCZ may not be enough for the new GT2X0 SLI. We'll know when they're rolled out. It depends on what SLI config you're going after.

    Other good brands:

    If you don't o/c, the Zalman is whisper quiet. If you do, pick up XIGMATEK HDT-S1283.

    Nothing bad about 780i. Bad about 790i - sata data corruption.
  3. Get a better PSU like Corsair, Tagan, Enermax, Antec, or Silverstone.
    Get a better memory like Corsair or Crucial. Forget OCZ.
    I have never used any XFX mobos, so I'm not gonna say anything about it. You'll be OK with either nVidia or Intel chipsets. It just about your choice, SLI or Crossfire.
    Corsair 750W is enough if you are going for 2 GPU and 450W or 550W is enough for just 1 GPU.
    Get Samsung SH S203B instead of ASUS, ASUS sucks when it's about drives.
    Zalman CNPS9700 is very good and it will most likely fit your mobo.
    Quad has longer lifetime than dual, and if you can still afford get a Q9300 but if not than a Q6600 is enough.
    Wait a couple more weeks to get the newest GPUs! or get 8800GTS (SLI) or 3850 (Crossfire)
    $130-case from Apevia? Get Antec 900 or go below $100 for a Coolermaster cm690! but this is just a matter of taste.
    Seagate 500GB 32MB 7200.11 is better.
  4. I'd waite till the new vid cards launch in a couple of weeks before buying a highend card. an extra week of gaming glory may lead to years of regret. your getting close to the expected price of a 4870, that is suposed to wipe the floor with a GTX
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