Proposed gaming build, your thoughts please

I've been stewing on this for a week & have decided to bite the bullet & go ahead & order all my components in the next couple of days. The IT guy at work built my last machine over 2 years ago & I wasn't pleased with the results, so I'm going to start building my own from now on. Here's my list.

I'm starting with a Ultra X3 1000 watt modular PSU.
http://www.ultraproducts.com/product_details.php?cPath=97&pPath=632&productID=632

Case: NZXT TEMPEST
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018

Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

Do I need a retention bracket?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019

Thermal compound: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

Motherboard: MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130159

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194

Video Card:EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

Hard Discs from my old machine:2XWD Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache in RAID 0
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16822144160

Sound Card from my old machine: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102178

Operating System: MS Vista Home Basic SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116483

This totals about $1250 without shipping & I hope I don't have to pay tax. After I get all of my $100 worth of rebates, I plan to get another matching video card & a 24" monitor to finish it off. This build is a big stretch for my budget, but I want the best bang for my buck. I'll probably upgrade my HDs as soon as one of them dies. Am I overlooking anything?
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  1. you might as well get vista home premium 64, your machine will be able to handle it
  2. PSU is overkill, you can get away with less power even for SLI. $299 for a 1KW PSU is a lot. Try to get a something like 650W or 750W for less than $100 after rebates. I'd recommend a Intel X38 board and CF 4850 or get a 4870. You should also wait for R700 to be released and check that out before you build. Anandtech has a preview of it already with benchmarks on Crysis, Age of Conan, Race Driver: GRID, and Oblivion.
  3. crazywheels said:
    you might as well get vista home premium 64, your machine will be able to handle it

    Thanks for the heads up, I'll get it for the extra $20.


    Anonymous said:
    PSU is overkill, you can get away with less power even for SLI. $299 for a 1KW PSU is a lot. Try to get a something like 650W or 750W for less than $100 after rebates. I'd recommend a Intel X38 board and CF 4850 or get a 4870. You should also wait for R700 to be released and check that out before you build. Anandtech has a preview of it already with benchmarks on Crysis, Age of Conan, Race Driver: GRID, and Oblivion.


    I'm not taking any chances with my PSU, I think a cheap 650 watt PSU pushing 2 260GTXs, an OCed Quad core & 2 Raptors might be a stretch. Besides, I found the one I want for $240.

    I can't spend $1k on video cards, so the R700 won't work for me. I chose the 260GTX over the 4870 because of the higher memory, overclocking ability, better drivers, & they're the same price now.
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