Here's something I threw together over the past few days, I'm sure you're all tired of "build opinion" threads but bear with me =)
I am pretty confident in this one but as you can see, still not sure about some small things and the GPU choice.
Feel free to offer substitutions though, I promise to swallow my ego.
I would go with a cheeper case like a CM-922 ( its still a big case with good cooling ) save the 100 bucks and add it to a better GPU say a GTX 570
Also no need for a HT CPU for a gaming rig save the 70 bucks and go with a i5 760 add to a better GPU say the GTX 580
for cf 6850 or 6870 a 650W PSU will do you might need a 850W if you will SLI GTX 580s
HDDs get a Samsung F3 1 TB
Case - Will check it out
GPU - While I agree that the 580 is an awesome GPU (384-bit interface, drool), the price tag seems a tad too steep for the performance boost.
Of course if I wanted ultimate performance with dual 580s in the end, it would be perfect but imo the Radeons are much better in the bang/buck imo.
Fell free to correct me =)
HD - Any particular reason you are suggesting the Samsungs?
I am actually considering dropping the SATA 3 drives in favor of some better SATA 2's, any advice in that area? As far as I know SATA 3 speeds aren't even reachable by physical drives so it seems kind of useless...
You also might like to wait to the new SB comes out in a few weeks.
SB - I'll have to read into that, see what kind of cool stuff I can get =)
Alright, update time:
Case - decided to stay with the cooler after checking out some more reviews
Sandy Bridge - not too sure, I don't think I'll wait for them (plus I'd need a new mobo)
HD - Now considering getting a 1TB hdd and maybe a 100Gig SSD for the OS and games.
I still have .7TB on my external which is where most shows/movies etc. go anyways so the hdd is for new stuff/music/documents.
Now I see these Samsung Spinpoint HDDs were recommended multiple times on the forums, are they better than similar WD drives? Benchmarks show good performace for the F1 models but the F3s don't seem too impressive.
In terms of SSDs, what brands should I be looking at? Benchmarks seem to indicate that Intel ones are pretty good...