SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Animation (Maya2009x64), Photoshopx64, Audio Studio Equipment (running 10 channel I/O m-audio interface through Ableton Live), Video Games, Web Surfing, Media Center (with TV Tuner)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, speakers, monitor...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: None (reliability is very important)
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes/Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mainly need ASAP advice on the PSU (is 850w enough???). Wondering if 2x280's SLI is the way to go and if the PSU will support that. This is mainly a last minute check before I hit the checkout button, just making sure I'm not making any big mistakes that only one of you geniuses would notice
(Combo with g.skill/psu saves 25. ram is a total of ~$140 cheaper, bringing total down to $2530)
with that amount, what should i upgrade first? GPU? Get 2x 285's??? Should I get the P6T delux? I want to get the most bang for my buck for under 2700 so im tryin to get as close as possible while still remaining reasonable about it...
Maya isn't very good at using SLI... it can cause problems in OpenGL. Consider dropping the second graphics card and adding (if you don't have one) a second monitor. Drop the VelociRaptor and use a RAID instead. Add a blu-Ray burner if at all possible.