Help on final proposed system build?

OK so after weeks of research (I knew nothing about current technology before I started) I think I've finally decided on a build for my new PC. But because my knowledge is a little limited, I'm worried that some of the components I've selected may be incompatible. Also, if there are any general comments I'm more than happy to hear them, obviously I want to make sure I've got this right before I spend the $2,500
So here are the components I've decided on:

CPU: Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6T
Graphics: Radeon HD4870x2 2GB
RAM: 6GB Corsair XMS3 (1333MHz)
HDD: Caviar Black 1TB
Case: Gigabyte 3D Mars
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
Optical drive: Undecided

Regarding the optical drive, are there any particular recommendations? I figured I would just pick one up while I was in the store buying the other parts.

The cooling that comes with the CPU should be sufficient if I'm not overclocking I assume, so should I only consider alternate cooling options (non-stock parts) if I decide to overclock?
Also, when putting the system together, will I need thermal paste or heat conductive gel or whatever it is? Is there a particular brand or something that is recommended?
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  1. If and when you decide to OC,
    Heatsink: the Coolermaster V8 or the Xigmatek S1283v

    Thermal Paste: Arctic silver 5.

    If you dont, the stock cooler will be ok + the thermal Paste.

    Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 is probably the best version of that board.

    Also, you can get this : DDR3 1600 (12800)

    so the OCZ Platinums 3x2gb ddr3 1600 will be great with there low CL(cas Latency). 7-7-7-24.

    Case. what case is that???

    Heres 2 nice opticals:
    LG 22x dvd
    samsung 22x dvd lightscribe
  2. +1 to all that. It will be a very good PC after those changes.
  3. If you're going to buy the optical drives locally make sure they're SATA and not IDE.
  4. I think you need a different case if you intend to overclock. According to this review:
    that Mars case is only 8" wide and has side fans. I'd very surprised if a big cooler (including the V8 or the Xigmatek S1283v) can fit in there. I'd suggest a Cooler Master HAF 932 instead.
  5. +1 on the haf, since you have the money or the Coolermaster Cosmos for extra room, but, im sure the Haf or a Antec 1200 will be just fine.
  6. I read a couple of reviews for the 3D Mars, basically it said it would be able to house two HD4870x2's if you wanted it to. I don't really intend on overclocking like mad, which is basically why I chose the P6T (not the deluxe) and the 1333MHz ram, instead of something higher. I'm considering the case though, because I hate limiting myself, and if I decide to overclock in the future I'd like to have the option to go big if I want it.
  7. Im sure this isnt going to be a $2500 dollar build, mabye $1500. As for monitor, do you have a 22" high end or +?
  8. Sorry I'm australian haha. AU$2,500.
    And yes, 22" lcd
  9. oh ok hah.

    Well, your pretty set with the minor changes given to you.
  10. You'll be just fine with a single HD 4870 X2 on that 22" LCD (i.e. 1680x1050). That card can deliver 60 fps in most games even on a 24" LCD (at 1920x1200).

    Besides, the PSU you have picked is perfect for one such card but two small for two.
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