After asking for advice many times on here and getting some pretty good advice I finally ordered all my parts to build my pc......i plan on it being a gaming pc for games like empire total war, microsoft flight simulator X and WoW....i plan on possibly overclocking it at some point bu tprob not right away.....i would love it if you guys would grade it for me and let me know if anythign i bought was a good or bad decision
Pretty well-balanced build. But you might have saved some money getting the Samsung spinpoint F3 1 TB while getting superior performance. Also, you will need to get another 460 for sli in a few months or so. PSU good enough for X3 460s.
@ rvd89- You can't do 460 tri-sli. And even if you could, IIRC FSX doesn't like xfire/sli.
@ OP Everything looks pretty good to me, only things I would question is not waiting for re-release of sandy bridge, if you were under time constraints it's no major issue and also the choice for 4gb of faster ram vs 8 gb of slower cheaper ram. However, 4gb is enough for games, so you'll be fine.
Thermal paste wise, you don't actually need to buy any unless you're doing a really high OC.
If you do, I'd go with AS MTX. Non conductive + no burnin time.
I'd also go with cas 7 ram, if that kit isn't cas 7.
@rvd89 the 7200.12 are very close to F3's in performance, slower at transfers, but slightly better as a boot/OS drive. They're on sale many places for $5 cheaper than the F3's so they're a perfectly fine alternative.