Gaming Build for 1,700 - Opinions?

I'd be happy to get your opinion on this build - I'm planning on sitting on it for a bit to let prices cool off and then just buy it (I have a few questions towards the end):
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply $100
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $250
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $240
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 $300
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ $185
2 X Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $130
Microsoft FA6-00010 Black USB Wired Ergonomics Keyboard $40
SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor $400
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q $30

Few questions:
1. Do you think that the case & PSU are a good pick for this?
2. Do I need any cooling?
3. Any general problems (mobo too big for case, memory speed not in sync with mobo/cpu and stuff that I wouldn't be able to just think about)?
4. General comments?

Thanks!
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  1. Everything you have listed there should be compatible, but for that build I would recommend getting a case without PSU (Antec 300 or 900 or equivalent) and a beefier PSU. You'll get higher quality by buying those parts separate, albeit at higher expense. Now, for a budget build, that Antec Sonata III w/ 500w Antec EA can't be beat.
  2. Small change - after some more research, I switched the case to this -
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $100.

    Let me know if this makes more sense
  3. 1. While an Antec EA500 PSU might technically power one 4870, it would not be my choice. I would look more towards a PC Power and Cooling 750W, which is a great price right now and would cover a second 4870 should you decide to crossfire in the future.
    The case is not very well cooled. It's OK for lower clocked CPUs and GPUs and people on very tight budgets, but not good for such expensive parts. The 500W your computer draws is going to generate a good bit of heat.

    2. Of course. As long as your case is well cooled and you are not overclocking, you can use the stock cooler.

    3. As above.

    In short, you need to spring for at least a CM 690 and a PC Power & Cooling 750W.
  4. The Antec 300 will work, but you'll need to buy a few fans for it.
  5. I just ordered this setup not more than 10 mintues ago... SO EXCITED! This system should PWN!

    i7 920
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 MOBO (TRI sli & crossfire support)
    Package: $573

    G.Skill 6GB 3x2 DDR3 1333 Tripple Channel RAM
    $149

    PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W PSU
    $134

    Western Digital 640gig 32mb cache SATA HD
    $79

    Apevia X-Cruiser ATX case
    $69

    Sapphire HD4870x2 2GB
    $489

    Windows Vista Premium 64-bit
    $99

    TOTAL + SHIPPING: $1630.46
  6. Interesting to see folks using HD's with 32MB cache. Using one myself although I am not sure how the 2X cache affects performance.
  7. wick001 said:
    I just ordered this setup not more than 10 mintues ago... SO EXCITED! This system should PWN!

    i7 920
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 MOBO (TRI sli & crossfire support)
    Package: $573

    G.Skill 6GB 3x2 DDR3 1333 Tripple Channel RAM
    $149

    PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W PSU
    $134

    Western Digital 640gig 32mb cache SATA HD
    $79

    Apevia X-Cruiser ATX case
    $69

    Sapphire HD4870x2 2GB
    $489

    Windows Vista Premium 64-bit
    $99

    TOTAL + SHIPPING: $1630.46


    Where did you get this from?
    What is the video card? or did I miss that?
  8. Are you going to OC also?
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