APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (7-14 days)
middle of December (waiting for money from insurance for my old PC £1500)
BUDGET RANGE: £1500 -
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo editing,surfing web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, (keyboard + mouse will be purchased in January)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.overclockers.co.uk and www.scan.co.uk
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and Nvidia
Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but not yet
Ram memory and CPU fan are part of the bundle, I'm not sure if it can upgraded at point of sale?
But if i will buy all those bundled items separatly (mobo,cpu,ram,cooler, fan) I'm not sure if i7 will work ok @ 4.00ghz!!! as one in the bundle was tested.
I will call them when I get money to make sure about memory&fan upgrade.
i know you wrote you prefer nvidia over ATI,but atm in your price range ATI is by far a better choise.Get yourself a nice 5850 or cut back from your mobo to asus v2 deluxe and get a 5870(you can also save some $$ by downgrading your PSU to 850 which should be enough to crossfire 2 5870 in the future)
From the usage you specified, I don't see why you would need anything other than Home Premium.
+1 on 1000W being excessive, an 850W Corsair will be more than enough.
What do you use 3D vision glasses for?
I just finished building my i7-920 with the Asus Rampage II extreme mobo. It is currently overclocked at 4.0 Ghz @ 1.39 something volts (HT off). I had very little issues with getting to 4.0 GHz stable on this mobo.
I also agree on the 1000 hx being too much. I settled for the 850 HX. For what you want to do, I don't think you need a 1000 watt PSU.
As for the OC Station, although it is pretty cool looking, I'm not sure if it justify the price you pay for it. If you want to control your fans, then get a fan controller. I got the NZXT Sentry II for 10 bucks! If you want to OC, use BIOS or the software included. If you have the money to spend then go for the OC Station for looks.