Right now the total cost is a little closer to $2000 than I'd like it to be. Also, since this is my first time building, I'd like to know if the components I chose match up well and make sense. Especially not sure on the power supply. Does this system need more, or could I save money with less power? Also, is having a SSD for the OS worth the cost? Thanks!
Never go with an SLI at first, go with one gtx 480 and down the road get another (really, its true)
1) do you really need a blu-ray player...
2) yes an SSD is worth it, it makes everything OS wise very responsive.
3) do not get the western digital caviar black, get the spinpoint F3 here>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) this system is way overkill. Just get a GTX 260 because your monitor res is very low and having a gtx 4XX is a WASTE OF MONEY.
That's a good idea to not get the SLI first. I guess then down the road I'll have two better video cards in SLI. I'd like a blu-ray just because I have nothing else in my apartment that can play blu-ray, and I'll probably have the comp hooked up to the TV as well. As far as the monitor, I know it's over kill and I intend to get a high resolution monitor down the road but that's a few hundred more dollars to spend. I figured I should get the system that can handle it, then the monitor later on. Is it still overkill if I'm running stuff on a 1080p HDTV?