Probably my biggest contemplation is with the graphics card. Should I stick with the single 285 or go with two 260 216 cores in SLI for only $50 more?
My budget was at $1,500, but I went a little overboard and it came out to $1,604.32. Primary use is for gaming (1920X1080 resolution), but the most important thing to me is that this thing is future proof (meaning I can add parts when I need to without swapping out everything) since it is a big investment for me.
Any suggestions or feedback would be very much appreciated.
Do not get a single GTX 285 - very bad investment - either get a single GTX 275, or 2 GTX 260's - single GTX 285 is matched by 2 x 4770's in CF or an overclocked 4890 - both solutions are $100 cheaper. Unless you like the GTX 285 for it's cool factor and don't care about money - I wouldn't consider it. You know that you can by all the items you listed on newegg for less money and with better return and security features right? http://www.newegg.com/
pretty good choices for you build otherwise - although if you want to save money I would go for this RAM - you won't notice a difference and it is very very good RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also I would go with a xigmatek cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or a thermalright 120 ultra - they perform better than the V8 - even though the V8 is a good cooler
Gigabyte and ASUS are generally good boards - ASUS P6T is very popular for SLI - but that EVGA board you chose is very very good too - lots of space for Video cards.
This should give you some good reading material, although remember the prices are a bit dated now:
I think I'll just stick to the EVGA board because it does support 3-way SLI. However, is it really effective at all right now? I remember in my first build I had two 7800GTs in SLI right around when SLI came out and the performance was very lackluster.
Do you also have a good, updated guide on building PCs with a lot of pictures? I've been away from it so long that I'll need a layman's guide.
Thanks again for the help, I very much appreciate it.
I'm using Amazon because the prices are fairly comparable, except I don't pay shipping and tax like I do at Newegg.
I actually picked the RAM out of recommendation and good reviews. It seems like those two are the same, so why is the Corsair one so much more expensive?
Thanks for the advice.
After I wrote that I saw that your prices were pretty good and more free shipping with Amazon.
As to Corsair.... The primary specs may be the same, but it's quite possible the Corsair has a bigger margin built in. You might overclock that RAM further than the OCZ, and QC is generally higher. Still, given the price difference I would go with the OCZ. You probably aren't going to need anything beyond 1600.
If you want to find good guides for building computers from scratch I would look at youtube or expertvillage.com , in particular on youtube there is 3Dgameman for good advice: http://www.youtube.com/user/3DGAMEMAN