I'm looking at building this new gaming rig for myself but wanted some advice from you guys first before I purchase anything. I just basically want to know if what I have is a good mix and match and if there is better I can get etc.
Thanks in advance
CPU: Intel Core i7 930
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
Video Card: Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB
Memory: G.Skill F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD (3x2GB) DDR3
Hard Drive 1 (System Drive – Raid 0): 2x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD
Hard Drive 2 (Storage): Saumsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Power Supply: Enermax Revolution85+ SLI 1050W
Case: Lian Li PC-60FNWX with window (USB3.0)
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
... the cl7 is better than the cl9 cause it has lower latency.. kingstons are better and cheaper and the psu is overkilling... and i prefer to go for a 5970 its better and it is future proof... and if it apear some game that u cant play at max settings u buy another one and u got a lot of time to play again
Getting lower CL RAM is a good move. That G.Skill RAM is quite good. If you have the money, CL 6 RAM is slightly faster, but might only be noticeable in benchmarking. Something like this Mushkin 6 GB kit.
Your original selection of the Vertex 2 was a much better idea than the Kingston drives though. The Vertex 2 is the best choice at 60 GB, and if you didn't want to RAID, it's still a good choice at 120 GB.
Some SSD articles for further reading: Anandtech's SSD Relapse - a good overview of the technology, but a few months old, so the product recommendations are a bit dated. bit-tech SSD Buyer's Guide - pretty recent, good overview of the various controllers techreport article on SSD value - recent, includes comparisons vs. traditional HDDs. Suggests Vertex 2 isn't the overall best value, but has very good performance on most metrics. The prices seem to be coming down as well, as that happens, the Vertex 2 becomes more and more attractive.
If you're looking to save some money, the Gigabyte UD7 motherboard is overkill, the UD3 is just fine as well.
As juanchioo states, SSDs are not necessary. At certain budgets, when there's really nothing else to spend money on, then they make sense, but they're still not really mainstream. However, I tend to think that once you reach $2500, that's the point at which you have reached diminishing returns with everything else, you you really might as well buy an SSD. Going RAID 0 isn't a terrible idea with SSDs, but it might be more complicated than it needs to be.
I'll reiterate, though, your original build was pretty good. Other than a couple of minor tweaks, I don't see a lot of need to change it, unless you wanted to add another 5970 or put in two nVidia 480s instead of the single 5970 you already have.
So I've decided to take the build a little further an add an extra video card now seeying as I am saving some money on other parts. Out of the following options which would you chose and why? Or alteratively, is there something else youd recommend that I haven't listed?
1) 2x GTX460 pre overclocked edition SLI
2) 2x Radeon HD 5870 Cross Fire
3) 1x Radeon HD 5970 2GB DDR5
2x 5870 is going to be the best performance, but obviously the most expensive. The 5970 would leave an upgrade option open (another 5970). Of the choices presented, I think SLI-ed 460s would be the worst choice. The other two are close to equal, I'd probably go with the 5970, as it will cost a little less.