I'm looking to build a new system. I have an ATI Radeon HD 5870 card I'm obv keeping and a SB Audigy Titanium Sound card. Got 2 hard drives (SATA) that I want to keep as well. I am using the Corsair H50 and would like to keep that. Stuff like the case/psu/bluray I am keeping as well. My PSU is 700w.
I want an Intel i7 although I really don't know much about the latest AMD stuff. I just saw the i7 930 at Fry's for $259 which seemed like an amazing deal ... I just wouldn't know what mobo would be right to go with it for that + my cooler + which ram to go with it. My knowledge of SSD drives is pretty limited as well.
My primary activities include gaming, online poker, and general work stuff (office, etc). I'll have Windows 7 64-bit as the OS. My budget is $800-$1k.
I've seen that i7 930 hit 199$ at microcenter... but 259$ is still not a bad deal. They go for $299 up here in Canada usually. I've got two i7 systems myself - and I find them both faster than my AMD 1090t used to be.
I'd recommend either setup for what you've got right now - although most would suggest the i7 930 route if you plan on going Crossfire 5870s. Also, the 30gb SSD is too small to enjoy, pick up a 64gb one or bigger... Let me know if you've got questions about either of mine there or whatever.
Sounds like you're on the right track. I mean the USB3 isn't super important or anything - same goes with SATA3, so don't worry about that too much. That particular board is a real good deal though if you can find it (around $200). Here's a link on newegg ->
If you take mine for example, the speed is 1600mhz and timings are 8-8-8-24 (CAS 8). You'll see cheaper stuff that is CAS 9 (9-9-9-27 or something), or runs at 1333mhz. I mean honestly, it's not going to make too big of a difference, but look for a good price on a kit that is as fast as possible in mhz, with as low a number as you can find for timings.