Hello, after 5 years of the amd xp3000 i think it's time for an upgrade !!
I decided to go with an i7 system, for gaming and to be somewhat futureproof. Seeing as i've been out of the loop as far as technology is concerned, i'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Want to stay around $1500. Thanks!
Just to be safe, you may want to bump up to the 1200w power supply in case you decide to venture into watercooling, and the possibilities of sli. I had a similar setup with 2 watercooled 280gtx's and ran into problems with a 1000w power supply, all problems went away when I bumped up to 1200w. Have fun runnin up yer electric bill! Good luck!
No from what ive seen this is a very good build i am practically getting the same thins in a different case, and with the gtx 260 Black edition card, but i do think if u want to futureproof definately a bigger power supply, cos if that fails ur system dies, i think 850w might be ok but ur better of with a 1000w if u want it to last longer. Look at my thread and see what ive got its nearly identical, but in aus stuff is alot more expensive.
2. Substitute this PC P&C 750W PSU if you can stand the red color through your clear side panel (at $80, it's hard to beat). Since PSUs of 1000W and above are quite expensive, don't go there until you decide on and carefully plan out an extreme graphics solution. 750W can power a single 4870x2 or GTX 295, so you're good for any single graphics card for a while. This is not a great future proof suggestion, but I'd rather not fork out big coin for a massive PSU just yet, and what I've recommended is extremely good value. I'm sure someone else would be willing to buy it from you in the future because it is of such high quality (as long as they have a solid side panel)...
3. This G.Skill Pi Black DDR3 has slightly better latency for about the same price.