I7-930 Build, Gaming, $1700+

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)

CPU: Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W -- $295
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0-- $310
Video: HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail -- $420
RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $180
Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Plus - $35
Optical: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM two at $24ea for - $46
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200rpm 1TB - $90

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. This is a fast 2TB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456

    1 you could go with a SSD ( if it fits your budget ) for OS , use the 2TB for your games programs and add a few 1TB for media storage or use the 2TB for OS partition the 2TB for OS and games/programs.

    2 no it come with some

    3 just go with the 3 and add some if need be.

    The case takes 120mm fans



    pick your airflow and noise level
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