I have not really messed with using more than one HDD, but I would like to have the OS & WoW on the SSD so I can use the HDD for everything else. How should I go about installing the OS? Should I install on SSD or HDD first?
I'd like to offer my advice if I may. Although you're probably going to want to wait for more experienced builders to give you some feedback before you make your purchase.
First of all, the good:
Your case looks solid. I've heard good things about the HAF and apparently it can handle the bigger graphics cards that are appearing.
OS is on the money.
Mobo looks amazing and I'm sure there are loads of people using that board meaning there will be some helpful tutorials out there on the Interwebs for OCing.
The Bad: (Well, not so bad I'm going to save you some money while upgrading your beast)
CPU: Way too much cpu for your uses. Unless you are a rocket surgeon who is toying with the fabric of space and time; you do not need this THOUSAND DOLLAR cpu. The i7930 is $755 cheaper and gives you room to pump the other system components that will give you a better overall experience, especially in regards to gaming. The i7930 below OCs like a dream. You should be able see an increase to between 3-4ghz quite easily. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would recommend purchasing a third-party heat sink and some decent thermal paste as you are concerned about temps. By doing this you are narrowing the gap between the i7930 and the 6core behemoth you listed above. I've been really pleased with my TRUE120 and have heard good things about the Noctua and the Megahalems.
Graphics Card: with all this money we're saving buy an awesome GPU. I give you the Radeon HD 5870, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you decide to add another somewhere down the road, two of these together should smash anything you throw at them. For now, one should suffice. I stopped playing WoW about a year ago but I do remember having major issues raiding with Crossfire enabled. Meaning, if you're only playing WoW currently, single card is the way to go. If you decide you want Eyefinity for a 3x1 screen setup, I don't recommend 3x2 for gaming, look for a different card.
Basically, your OS, games, and major APPs will be installed on the SSD for fast load times. Everything else will be stored on your 1TB monster. Ignore RAID setups as I've heard there are very minimal returns to gaming and your SSD should blaze.
I hope this has been helpful and enjoy putting this beauty into action!
One last note, don't forget to leave some room in your budget and your case for a quality Power Supply Unit. Do not skimp here. I use a modular Corsair 1000W HX that is a bit overkill in my system but leaves me room for improvement and also gives me peace of mind.
MadAd said it more directly, you do not to spend over $2,000 for a WoW build. You could compromise nicely between the two builds he posted and have some cash leftover for other endeavors. I'd recommend purchasing an Iron Gym and use it while you wait for your group members to zone in or whilst flying.
MoBo / CPU - You picked the best CPU but you don't need it for Wow......that's a helluva price premium over a 930 which you can OC to 980 speeds.... yes, of course the 980 will OC higher than the 930 but unless you are a competitive fps player or OC Fanatic, animator or scientist, it's hard to justify the price difference.....
This will save you $30 if you stick with the $1,000 CPU
Both cases match up well according to the THG review trading pluses and minuses.....all of the PSU's get a 10.0 performance rating on jonnyguru.com....the CP-850 also makes silentpcreview,com's Editor's Choice list.
RAM - DDR3-1600, lowest CAS ya can afford ...and you can afford CAS 6. These Mushkin Redline aren't the revered 998692's or 998691's the 998805 's are the next best thing
Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
Install the OS to the SSD, run windows update installing all OS important updates...skip the "optional" hardware updates....until it finds no more updates. Then install hardware drivers from manufacturers web site (not CD's in package). Then install programs / games. Do NOT install OS to HD.
Thx for all the help, but I have another ? related to use of SSD and HDD.
As it stands now I have Win7 64bit and World of Warcraft on the SSD and nothing on the HDD. Nothing is installed atm on the HDD, and this is first time using 2 drives for me in computer so I feel like a noob with this ?
I take it I need to boot through cd-rom drive for Win7 install and format HDD in order to use it? Atm its not showing up under My Computer. According to JacknaylorPE I dont want to install any OS on the HDD, but I can still use it for everything else such as storing music and videos?