get the f3, or seagate 7200.12 hard drives, they are faster, cheaper, safer...and besides that, great build, couldnt do much better myself...also, if you intend to oc, better get the hyper 212, unless you already have a cooler. also might want to consider a better mobo, as that one cant really xfire, and you might want to add a second 5770, as it isnt a terribly powerful gpu (still extremely goo though, almost as good as a 4890)
i have a ps3, so i don't think gaming will be an issue. I just want to make sure that i get the best htpc experience. Everybody is telling me that this system should do all that i need it to do. I do not want to start off behind.
Probably getting the 630 and overclocking it to 3.4gHz. Considered getting 555 and overclocking and unlocking it, but i am unsre about its performance against the safer 630. Gigas website said the ram should work fine with the mobo i have chosen. I know it has a bad rap but i think it is part misinformation and lacking of proper install from what i have read. Wil look into other video cards, but i am getting the HIS4770 with 4gB of DDR3 1333 10666 w/777 cas lat. for 238.00 minus 30.00 mail in rebate, so that will be hard to beat. I have an important queation. What is more important for transcoding/encoding? Better CPU or GPU. It seems the answer is CPU. If this is so, Dual or quad ? Is the i5 750 worth the extra money. Maye i can save by getting lesser video ard.