I'm looking to build my own gaming system. I've done builds in the past, but I'm a bit of a beginner. I'm not really confident that I've picked the right mix of reliability, performance and value. Any feedback would be appreciated.
I would like the new system to last a good stretch of time. I will be using it for first person shooter gaming as well as for applications like Adobe Illustrator. I have a 21" Dell flat panel monitor set at 1680 x 1050. I would like to start with one Radeon 5870 and then as an upgrade path add a second one in the future.
If your using an i7 950 (lga 1336.) you want to buy a triple channel kit (3 stick of ram) to enable triple channel memory and not single.
and also, you don't need a soundcard, onboard audio has gotten so good recently. If you decide you don't like the audio get a card later.
and read my signature.
AND I only use Corsair,XFX, Antec, and Seasonic for PSU's