ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build - will be getting help from some friends in the actual assembly. I took most of the components from the Tom’s System Builder Marathon Enthusiast Build . My question is – does this look like a viable build, and am I missing anything crucial? I hope/expect this is kind of overkill for what I will be using it for, but I want a pretty advanced and upgradeable system.
why do you need 8 giga of ram
your mobo link is the psu link, I'd recommend to see if yo u can find a gb or asus mb with the same chipset and costs the same or less
not sure about the seagate hds thought, take a look on these hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10$ less also, why do you need 2 ssd hds?
the watercooling kit is ok but not worth it IMO since ir will be fine
two 5770's is much the same as a single 5870 [ 2 x 800 stream processors vs 1600 stream processors so thats just a bad way of using up available pci-e slots .
Alternatively you could buy a cheaper mb to pair with the 5870 and save some money
8 gig of ram wont increase performance for gaming , and might even slow you down . Read the memory scaling articles on this site . 4 gig max unless you are running 64 bit programs like CS4 or a bunch of VM's.
1333 MHz low latency is as fast as 1600 MHz with slacker timings