Seeking advice

I want to build a powerful gaming rig that will last me a while. Not only do I plan to game on it but I also plan to use it for design work using programs like CAD, Maya, and the CS4 collection.

So here are the parts I picked out so far. Please comment.

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - Retail
$12.99 $12.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7 G - Retail
$174.99 -$20.00 Instant $154.99

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
$229.99 $229.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$199.99 $199.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM Free WIN7 Upgrade!!
$189.99 $189.99

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
$289.99 $289.99

Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Extreme Duty CPU liquid cooling kit - Retail
$244.99 $244.99

Swiftech GTX 295 Block

EVGA 017-P3-1295-AR CO-OP Edition GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
$529.99 -$30.00 Instant $499.99

Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
$33.99 $33.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$159.99 -$20.00 Instant $139.99

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail
$239.99 $239.99

Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
$199.99 $199.99

RAZER Lachesis Wraith Red 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Retail
$79.99 $79.99

Subtotal: $2,516.87
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  1. I've heard that the WD Caviar Black's are close to the Velociraptors in speed, so you can save some money and gain HDD space by switching to one of those.
  2. Looks good. The only thing I would change is the hard drive. The performance gaps between the velociraptor and the caviar black hard drives are very minimal. You can get similar performance which much greater storage.
  3. Thanks, I'll make the switch. I'm still looking for more opinions so please keep posting.
  4. One major issue... You have an x58 (Socket 1366) motherboard listed. You NEED a P55 board (Socket 1156) motherboard.

    Second... Pick up the Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard drive. It is faster then the WD Blacks

    Third... Don't waste your the GTX 295!! Wait a week and get the ATI 5870 for better performance for half the price.
  5. Anybody have any advice on a motherboard?
  6. Thanks! I like those mobo's!
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