I've been reading threads here like crazy and just wanted to get a second (or in this case, fifth) opinion on my build. What I am looking for is if I have any bottlenecks or perhaps could get more performance for twenty more bucks. Your experience is greater than mine, so I was hoping for some help. Thanks.
Nice. i didn't mention this but I am building this system with a friend (We are each building our own, duplicates.) The only difference is that he went with a WD and I with a Seagate 7200.12 (The same you mentioned).
I will get the Ram you recommended even though it's not Corsair (I'll trust your judgement).
So for the extra 100, i should just get the 5870? Ok.
I just converted the entire rig over to a 1366 Socket, so lets hope this works out.
ASRock X58 Mobo - Link
Core i7 920 - Link
G Skill triple channel RAM (6 Gig)- Link
A little rash, perhaps. The nerd in me wants the best (While still being able to eat) and I wanted a little bit more longevity out of my rig so i went with the 1336. I think I might try out the 5870 as well, thanks.
You'll be ok with the stock cooling if you don't overclock. If you do, I would recommend the CM Hyper 212.
Also, while the i7-920 is most definitely a very nice CPU, the i5-750 would give you much more bang for your buck in terms of gaming. In fact both processors are equals when in comes to gaming. I know you want to future proof your build but i5-750 is a mighty chip and will surely future proof you for quite some time, and the money you save (both from the CPU and the motherboard as X58s are more expensive than P55s) can be used to focus on other parts of your system.