I am building a new system to replace my aging AM2 5200+. I do game and I have a HannsG 27" at 1900x1200. I like to stretch my builds out to 4 years. I know I want to go the i7-930 route rather than the i5-750 direction. I prefer AMD to Nvidia only because they seem to offer more per dollar. Budget is flexible: if preventing a bottleneck requires more, I'll spend it. I prefer one graphics card with the option to crossfire later. Here is what I have so far, informed by the advice found here. Prefer newegg, but I got the case cheaper from amazon.
Already have: monitor, Win7pro64, OCZ 600W modXstream pro, CM 690 II Advanced (I like the top dock and looks more than HAF)
I like to copy disks directly from one optical drive to another burner, so 2 drives. Question on the hard drives: I have several TB of games, media, etc and will probably need a lot of internal storage. I looked for a fast 2TB drive and couldn't find one. What do I do? Get a 1TB for OS and a slower larger drive for game installs, media, programs? I have never set up a RAID array before and don't know if I should try.
Do I need Arctic Silver 5 with the above cooler?
Do I need more case fans, or is the CM 690 II Adv's 3 stock fans sufficient? Ambient room temp reaches 80F in the summer and I tend to run my systems 24/7. I'm not sure which fans are good (volume/dB) if I do need them.
The hyper 212 comes with one dose of thermal goo, probably middling quality. It is sufficient as long as you dont mess it up and need to re-install the cooler.
There are fast 2TB drives, but getting a cheaper 500 or 1TB for boot and a cheap 1 or 2TB for storage is probably a good plan. I would only raid the storage if you dont backup the data. Then you will need 2 identical drives and the HDD usage doubles because one drive mirrors the other.