I'm currently building a new system to replace by dead system (limping on a vgn-ar630e laptop atm). But i'm being told to wait for directx 11. Problem is due to companies being hush hush and even on the lowest settings Fallout 3 is slugish let alone crysis on my laptop.
So should I wait? Buy 1 gtx295 or simply just get it in SLI?
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming!!!!! surfing the web and movie(U.S. Blu-Ray)/anime watching
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (it's Westinghouse L2410NM). Note monitor will be replaced a few months later...
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Nividia and Intel
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (never attempted)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Needs to play Blue Ray (I normally get the blue ray version). I'm unsure as to get a blue ray burner as the disk are little expensive... Is the 2TB hard drive over kill, I tend to store large video files and leave games installed? Note I want the windows 7 upgrade coupon. Also keep in mind I don't care much for sound quality...
Based on the list you linked to, I only have one suggested change:
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB - Drop the WD drives, especially the Velociraptor. This Seagate alone will give similar performance (especially when RAID'ed) for less money. You could grab 3 of these for the same price as your current drive setup. And no, the Velociraptor will not make any difference in gaming performance. The i7's are so fast that adding a 10,000 RPM drive with super fast seek times is not going to give any tangible difference in performance.
Edit: Don't bother getting a pair of GTX 295's. I have 2 and it really makes no difference.
drop the 2 gtx295s an get 2 gtx285s wich will perform jus as good on 1920x1200 only reason to justify 2 gtx 295s is on a 2 42'' 2560x1920 screens@ 8 aa 16 af but since you going evga look at the evga 760i board an any recent 7200rpm drive from wd will perform jus as well as the velociraptor at a better price if you want the fatest get an ssd drive
only reason for a 2 gig is if your gaming at 2480x1152 or 2560x1600 in SLI/tri and then only a handful of games like crysis or tom clanceys hawx. more than 3 gpu's on 1920x1080p/1200p is pointless and still its pretty much overkill for everything except crysis and some physx games. speaking from experience here as i run 3 evga ftw's 1 gig version which have the some of the highest clocks around.
long story short. i would either get 2 or 3 285's (oc is a plus) or get 3 evga 275 FTW's if u want more than two gpu solution for a little less $$. those can out perform the 285 (stock speed only) and scales as well. take the saved cash and wait for direct x 11 cards to hit the market and mature just a little.