Ok this is what I am planning on doing for my little brother. It is a gaming build but will be used for media also. We have a 1500 dollar budget on the tower.
Ok so this on newegg comes out to over 1500 but I am a bestbuy employee and I get some of these through bestbuy for cheap. Im not sure if this is a good build or not. I want to see what we can do with this and maybe drop price a little. For example is there a better ram to go with. We want to overclock but not a lot, just a little. We also will add a second graphics card at some point for crossfire. Let me know what you think I should do.
Ok well the power supply listed is a 750w one and the one I listed was an 850? Ill go with the platinum. What about the caviar black? I get it cheap at bestbuy? Then we will add a ssd at some point too.
They are in short supply so you have to watch carefully and jump on the first one you find. The 850 is more powerful, but it is also more powerful than you need, the TP-750 saves you quite a bit and wont hinder performance at all.
The gtx 295 is a powerfull big brute, but it isn't the best for long term expansion and SLIing. Go with the 5870.
With your cooler, you could overclock your CPU a lot.... I've seen a lot of reviews and they overclock the 920 to 3.2-3.4 with the stock cooler. I can Understad you want to take no risks, but any cooler that's better that the stock one is going to be enough. There's no need to over do something.
And there's something I always wondered, how can one know is a cooler is going to fit in a certain case?
And If you want a SSD how about this one:
It's cheap but got good reviews and is big enough for the OS and the big games.... pair it up with an ordinary 7200RPM one for your data and older games.
I know you wanted an SSD for the future only, but the V series makes SSD quite affordable. there's also a 40 GB version. It's not the fastest, but it's better than any 10000RPM drive. And it looks like the things you'd get for cheap at beastbuy... check if you can't have a go price
Here is a good PSU calculator:
Just know that the given Wattage is the one your system needs, not the value your PSU must have.
I did a generous estimation on the PSU calculator and it gave 666W with means a 830W (or 850) PSU... that's after Xfire, OC and capacitor aging, at 100% load.
I'd get a 850W PSU to be sure it can last for long and handle everything you want for now and the futur.
Oh, and get a modular one, it make things much easier to assemble!!
the 5870 is not going to win too many contest on a price/performance level. For example, it has pretty much the same performance as two 4870s in crossfire, which can be found for about $250. It will win pretty much all contest on features, though. It has directx 11 and eyefinity support for 3 monitors. I always try to go for the best performance for a budget, so I would not choose the 5870 right now. But if budget is not a concern, then 5870 or crossfire 5870s will have great performance AND all the latest technology features.