Hi all, new to the forum but not to TH. Anyway I came into some money recently and have decided to build a gaming rig from scratch. While I have replaced motherboards, cpus, hard drives, etc.; I have never built a completely new system. So just wanted to get everybodies take on my potential rig.
Oh, forgot to mention that I am not set in stone on anything. I do not plan to build for another month or two. I am completely open to better suggestions as long as it does not bust my $2500 bubble. The only thing that I would like to keep is a Raptor for my OS and I do prefer Intel and Nvidia.
I would suggest getting a X48 mobo ( Asus has reliable mobos, maybe the Rampage Formula one) and the xigmatek S1283 cooler. Get Vista 64bit and 8gbs of ddr2 instead of ddr3, very little performance difference but huge price increase. (the 8gbs will probably be $20 bucks more at tops, and give you more performance imo)
With such a large budget I would get the ATI Radeon HD 4870 x2, which is rated higher than the Nvidia 280.