BUDGET: This is close to my maximum budget ($2100ish.) The monitor does make up 1/4 of the cost, so I might consider less expensive 1920x1200 options.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software Development (8 hours a day) with the ability to game on the highest settings. System to last several years with minimal upgrades. (i.e. Ability to add a 2nd Geforce GTX 470 at some point)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Worried about heat, noise and the future like everyone else. Also want to make sure the graphics card will fit easily in the case with enough clearance and airflow (especially after adding a 2nd.) Where could I possibly skimp to save some $$$ without losing out on performance.
You could drop the AS5 as well, the Hyper+ comes with a tube of thermal paste.
Thanks. I removed the broken link (forgot I deleted that thread.)
I also updated a couple of the prices that I forgot to update. The G.Skill Ripjaws that I have in the build are the same price as the Mushkins that you suggested (Mushikins do have the $20 rebate if they actually honor it.) Do you have any experience with that brand? I've never heard of them and have heard nothing but rave reviews for the Ripjaws.
Mushkin is a reliable brand, although I don't personally own any of their RAM. I suggested that set mainly because of the rebate - the performance won't be noticeably different and the quality is similar.
Thanks. I think I'll roll with it. God knows I've put enough time and energy into the build.
The only second thought in the back of my head is swapping out the GTX 470 for the 5850/70, but I've been through that line of though ad' nauseum at this point. I will be very happy with the Geforce card.
I figured you had been debating that, so I left it alone . There is nothing wrong with the 470 - it performs between the 5850 and 5870 and is priced between them (even if it is a little too close to the 5870 side). If you don't mind the extra heat/power consumption and have a budget of $350, it is fine.