Here are the parts I've chosen for a new gaming computer. What I'm interested in are any opinions or recommendations for changes to any parts, even if slightly more expensive or even cheaper. I'm just trying to get a solid system. Any input on the monitor would be appreciated too. Thanks.
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9 - Retail
Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
X2 for SLI!!!
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Monitor: SAMSUNG 245T-BLACK Black 24" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
DVD: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Call me cheap, but here are a few adjustments I'd consider:
* Velociraptor drive is spendy. I'd rather get a 1-1.5TB drive and use the 640 gb AAKS HD and still save some $!!
* I'd take the savings on the HD and use it to get a 4870 or a gtx 280!
* I'd consider a different PSU, that one is WAYYY overkill! Even the Corsair 750tx or even the PCP&C 750w would be plenty for any crossfire/SLI setup. AND you be saving about $75-100!!
* A $250 case is nice, but I'd rather save some $ and get a good and solid functional case and use the $ for other things (GPU upgrade comes to mind). I'd consider the Cooler Master 690 or the Antec 900 for possible cases to use. They are both functional and have good cooling properties too, PLUS they are around $80-$110, depending on where you get them.
If you made some/all of the adjustments above you could even get a 4870x2 and still be around your current price. It's up to you, but for gaming, I'd rather have a 4870x2 or even a 4850x2 over the gtx 260. There are other things that I'd change, but generally the issues I'd address first are the ones I listed above. Your build will work fine, I just don't see spending that much $ and not having a high end GPU to back up all of that $ being spent!
I most go for lunyone and huron on this for the Case, has for the HD, both are good choices. I like the velociraptor a lot as a main drive and anyways you can buy a 1 TB later when you need space..they are very cheap. Motherboard, the EVGA is a good board but for the same price i would go the the Asus P6T. As huron said, check out anandtech article on this.
I made a couple changes based on peoples suggestions (which have all been very helpful). Please recheck the original list as I have edited it.
The changes I made are to the PSU, case, MB, no more velociraptor, and I went with 2x of the 260 video cards. The vid cards I chose had scores very close to the 280s for a lot cheaper which is why I went with them (notice they're the overclocked models). Any input on this choice?
Any further changes? Thanks for the help so far. Current price is $2,553.87