Under $1000 gaming rig advice. Please!

What Motherboard do you recommend? What other advice might you have? I can change the config if necessary. On a deadline for these prices. Any help would be much appreciated.

CASE/CPU: Antec Twelve Hundred + e8400 combo (294.98)
PSU/GPU: Antec NeoPower 650 + PNY GTX 260 896MB combo (239.98 after 30 mir)
HD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM About $120
RAM: OCZ Platinum Edition 4gb (2x2gb) PC8000 (47.99 after 30 mir)
MB: not sure please advise.
CPU Cooler: not sure please advise.
Vista OS: What version, where should I get it?
Optical Drive: Cheap and quiet, know where to find it?


I would like room to SLI the rig in the future and to overclock the machine now. THANKS
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  1. What do you guys think of the MB for the above config?


    EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813188026
    Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $189.99
    $174.99

    $155 after rebate.
  2. get the 780i or 750i for SLI. I have the 780i with the E8400 very nice combo there also for cpu cooler my ASUS Silent Knight II works fine but I would stick with Zalman. Note I can OC on this 780i to 4.0 GHZ + on air with the norhbridge chipset cooling fan on not of also the northbridge can reach temps up to 48C with cooling so definetly attach it
  3. the 750i is also very nice but I pprefer the 780i for tri SLI but that 750i is very nice EVGA is the best for Nvidia stuff so EVGA/Nvidia all the way
  4. i would buy another hard drive for size, 150 Gb is gonna go quickly.
    500 gb WD caviar
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136111
  5. I'd say the WD 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 is one of the best hdd's for c/p and size.

    Stay away from Vista unless you really want DirectX 10 for your new games.
  6. Theres nothing wrong with Vista 32 or 64, regarless of what some fools might say.
  7. roadrunner197069 said:
    Theres nothing wrong with Vista 32 or 64, regarless of what some fools might say.


    There isn't. Games do run slower on Vista though.
  8. johnyeah said:
    I'd say the WD 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 is one of the best hdd's for c/p and size.

    Stay away from Vista unless you really want DirectX 10 for your new games.
    lol i just noticed that the 640 gb drive has free shipping which makes it cheaper than the 500 gb after you add shipping.
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