PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to use an i-7 core for longetivity and overclocking.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first time building a system and I'm hoping it will be good for another 3 years at least. Will my mobo + PSU work together? I've noticed that the hard drive I've chosen has a lot of capacity for its price. Is it going to be an incredibly slow hard drive? The video card looks pretty cheap, is it not a very good one? Is my PSU overkill? Is it necesary to have such an expensive case or should I drop down $50 there? I'm paranoid about overheating issues I've had in the past so if it's a risk to use a cheap case, I'm willing to buy a good one. If anything I've chosen is a bad deal and there's something better you would suggest, lemme know!
I would say that an overclocked i5 750 will be good for 3 years, however a 5770 is much less likely to be. Based on this I think it would be a much better idea to save $90 on the CPU and get the i5 750 and plough that money back into getting a 5850.
That board is perfect for crossfiring and along with that PSU it is on the starting line ready to go. If you aren't going to crossfire then yes at least change the PSU to a good 600-650W. You could also change the motherboard. But I don't know if there is a cheaper one that is as good an overclocker.
And finally, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is one of the best harddrives on the market at the moment.
I don't really mind buying a new GPU in the future. I've done it quite a few times and it's pretty simple.
Replacing the processor is a lot more of a hassle it seems though, so I'd definitely like to get that one done correctly the first time. Plus I hear that the i7 just overclocks SO much better than the i5.
Is there a cheaper PSU anyone would recommend that would suffice for my system without risks?