I am looking for any advice if I am spending to much or too little for the types of applications I will be running. Am I over spending on the video card? I am going to eventually overclock the cpu to 3.6-3.8 ghz so I need to make sure I have the right cooling components and case for this. I have been reading this forum for quite some time now to get an idea how to put this system together, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
It's not as hardcore as the Asus you chose, but are 2-10fps really worth $100 more to you? With that 100 you could scrap your scythe mugen 2 and get the corsair H50 liquid cooler :] Also, if you don't plan to Sli anytime soon, why not opt for a cheaper case as well? Antec 900 should be plenty fine for all your components. Hope that helps!
Only thing I'd advise against is the HD...Suggest you look at the charts here on the forum (inc. noise and thermal)
He's also leaning toward the 295 tho he's getting a lot of static about his choice from people who feel that the new 5870's is the only "sane" choice. Personally, I don't like "Revision A" hardware and like to let things settle in a bit. With manufacturers rushing to hit the XMas sales, quite often things are not quite right so I like to shop at mid to end of winter. It really is a bad time to choose a video card with nVidia's offering coming in November and the 58xx just hitting the streets.
To my mind, twin 5850s is the best buy if your main focus is frame rates and your budget is $500ish.
If you want a single card solution then it comes down to 5 choices:
a) The 295 GTX
b) The 4870x2 (but it's no real competition to the 295 especially in the heat department)
c) The 5870x2 (when it comes out .... expected around thanksgiving)
d) The successor to the 295 (expected XMas or later)
e) The 5870 gets within 5-10% on average to the 295 GTX and saves you about $120 (still hard to find in stock ... if you see it, better order fast)
Of course expectations on release dates are often dashed
if it helps at all, I have the WD640gb black edition as well as the 1tb black edition... I haven't noticed any noise from them so far :] I think those are a good choice. If you're going for budget, get the blue edition 640's, but a for a little more money you're also getting the 5yr warranty with the black editions.