Looking for a critique of my new system build..

I havent bought anything yet but I am considering the following:
Case: Thermaltake Armor + Thermaltake 850W EPS12V Power Supply
Mobo: Asus Rampage
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz

RAM: 4 GB of OCZ Reaper 4-4-4-15 HCP Edition

HD: WD 500gb Sata 3.0gb 7200RPM

Vid Card: ATI 4870


then after market heatsink, fans, cathodes, fan controller and a bunch of other little things. ( DVD burner, Vista etc )


How would you rate this system? Its about $1300 on Newegg for everything

EDIT: New pieces in Red
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  1. Make sure that psu is Toughpower & the ram is ddr2.

    Why not 9800GTX+?

    Is the cpu gonna be o/c'ed?
  2. Looks solid. I would reccommend the Xigmatek S1283 (with the retention bracket) if you're planning on overclocking.
  3. Dont plan on OC'ing processor right away.. and forgive my ignorance what is 9800+? I have a 9800GTX on the build, is there something close in price that is better?
  4. I recently just did a build and I am about to do another :pt1cable:

    With my reads here, I have consistently heard bad majo about NVidia chipset MOBO's

    Consider...

    Intel X48 or X38 MOBO chipset (Asus or Gigabyte seem to be the popular ones here)
    I did a Asus P5E Deluxe with my build and love it.

    GPU......ATI 4870 or (2) 4870 Crossfired or 4870x2 (order less $ to higher $)

    CPU.....Good

    Memory.......OCZ popular choice here, I like Corsair.

    PSU....seems good. I did an Antec 850W modular on my build and very happy. newegg still has a great deal on it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009

    CPU cooler.....+1 on Xigamatek S1283 (get the accessory retention bracket with it ACK -I7551 )

    Hard Drive....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    -or-

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


    GL :)
  5. So changing to the new ATI card what mobo would you suggest?

    I play a lot of games, mainly looking for a machine that can have a video card added to it and maybe 4gb more ram in the future.
  6. I would get the Asus P5Q pro or the Gigabyte X48 and lastly the Asus RAMPAGE FORMULA. P5 is cheapest, which the gpu can only crossfire in x8 (about 10% less performance than x16) while the X48 has full x16 support but less OC ability than the rampage.
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