MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128423
one of the best 1366 mobos, gives very high overclocks, and is one of the cheaper 1366 boards - alot better than EVGA atm
SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 120GB - $354.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227551
Essential for a build of this amount, you will really really notice the speed boost. Use it to load the OS and main programs, keep all the rest of the data on the hdds. Obviously you can get bigger drives, but the price really goes up. OCZ atm imo make the best drives http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/s [...] -review/11
GPU - XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 - $389.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150490
The best gpu on the market, rips through all the games, better than a 470, uses les power, runs cooler etc, atm ati has the upper hand
CPU COOLER - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B - $62.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835242001
Pretty much still the best air cooler on the market, pricey, but performs great, dont forget to add these 2 fans
PSU - XFX Black Edition XPS-850W - $149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817207001
Really good PSUs, same internal as corsair units (as they are all maufactured by seasonic), 850W will be enough if you want to heavily overclock your CPU and crossfire 5870s if you wish
$80 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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):
let me clarify since I will probably be flamed. The 2tb black is far more responsive than the f3. Which means it will do small tasks faster whereas the f3 will do large tasks faster. I myself prefer having a more responsive system than one that copies a bit faster. Therefor I went with the black.