Looks like a good build. You def did your homework. I would say that from a performance to price ratio it would be hard to beat your system. Good luck with the build and i hope it performs as well as it looks.
I am not avoiding ATI cards. In fact I deliberated long and hard on the 4870 vs. the GTX 260. When it came down to it I liked the things I had heard about the performance of the Core 216 overclocked cards. I settled on going for the single most expensive card i could afford strategy. Free Farcry 2 from EVGA ain't bad either.
I realize my board has X-Fire capability, but I did not want to go for the dual card solution, and don't intend to in the future. I mainly got the UD3P based on numerous glowing reviews of its capabilities, and with the rebate now I got it for around what i would have paid for the UD3R
Will do. Got about half of the components today and I'll get the rest tomorrow (and hopefully build it tomorrow too), I'll get you some basic benchmarks (3dmark06, far cry 2, some source games) on Friday probably
Finished it last night at 1am, so I don't have too many benchmarks ATM, but I do have one for Left 4 Dead. I get a steady 60FPS with everything at max settings at 1680x1050. This is with the old drivers, supposedly the new ones increase it even more. Everything is at stock, no overclocking yet. I'll try to come up with more benchmarks this afternoon.
Also, it gets a 5.9 in the Vista performance thing on everything except the calculations per second, where it still gets a good 5.6. That can easily be fixed by slightly overclocking it though