Total: $1510 to $1620 (leaving a little breathing room for the second card later)
I will absolutely be eventually Crossfiring two 6970s within 3-8 months. So, I need to be certain my power supply will be sufficient. The last thing I want is to have to buy a new PSU. If the 6970's power consumption is comparable to the 5870, Newegg says I can get by with 795W, but I also have a case with 6 fans. Would 850W be too low and, then, would it be well worth it to err on the side of 1000W? How much should I care about efficiency? Will it really cost me well worth the difference of upgrading to a more efficient PSU in power bills?
I'll look into SSD's next year when the price drops.
The components that you've selected are great in my opinion. Are you desperate to purchase this gaming setup prior to Christmas/Holidays?
If you can hold off for the Sandy Bridge 2600. You could OC' this cpu on air and reach 4Ghz easily. If you can't, the i7-950 is a very good cpu.
You are correct in purchasing a top quality psu. If you ca pull off a Seasonic - do it. Corsair is another good option. One reply mentioned the MD12 architecture, I didn't know about this so it's worth looking into. Getting the same thing labelled differently for a more modest price.
Are you carrying any components from an earlier build such as an HDD?
The HDD that you've selected is a very good one. I have the same except the one that I have is a 1TB. The speeds are tremendous especially with the 64Mb cache. The HDD isn't loud in my opinion, but I do have three kids that I'm constantly yelling at.
If you can squeeze $10 more take a look at the NZXT Phantom. This case has a very sleek look that has quality features. Total of 7 fans that have a built in controller on the top of the case.
I'm in the middle of configuring and selecting components for a new build as well, so I do wish you luck in the overall purchase!
While I appreciate the input, I'm more just wanting to get your guys opinion on which power supply of the ones I listed I should go with. Should it be 850W or 1000W? If it's 1000W, which of the 1000W that I listed should be picked?
SSD CZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 160$
One More 6970 For Cross-Fire - HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 370$
can any one help me please, i got one issue, when i am playing aliens vs predator on high mode i got slower performance after 1 hour playing game than i closed game and start after 10 min than it goes fast again, i am using two cards in slot 1 and slot 3 in my sabertooth x58 motherboard so can this one lead slowing down performance?my system config. is i7 950 (3.06mhz), sabertooth x58 motherboard, two hd 6970 cards in crossfire with latest driver, 6gb corsair xms3 1600 mhz ram in tripple channel,1 tb wd cavier black hdd, corsair tx 950w psu, thanx in advance