I picked this one because I want good airflow, but also low noise, so i believe two fans can run at a slower RPM to achieve that. This is one of the variables I have, as there are a ton of 6850 models. If a single-fan one can run cool and quiet for less price, I'll go for that to save a few bucks.
I was originally going to have a phenom 955 build, but the AM3 socket is going to be unsupported soon, and the i3 runs cooler, faster, and more efficiently. I'm going for the 2100 now, so I can upgrade to the 2500K later. I think this choice is pretty concrete right now.
650w should be more than enough to support the 6850 and the i3, as well as the future 6850 in crossfire, and maybe even the i5, without or with overclocking. I don't know. If I could get a cheaper one that's still modular and in a combo with something, that'd be great.
I like this case for both the easy installation, and the noise. I don't want a case that's flashy and bright, just something that looks sleek without needing lights and flares. It comes in a combo with the PSU, so that should work fine.
I was going to go for the ASRock extreme4, but that was out of stock, and I found this with a $15 combo deal with the RAM I'm planning to buy, which justifies the higher cost. If someone can find a P67 Mobo that supports crossfire 8x 8x, and also costs about the same, I'll go for it.
Nice build. 2x 6850 will be overkill for 1440x900 resolution I suggest you bump it up if you can or buy a 1920x1080 monitor as a future upgrade.
Oh, I forgot to mention I already had an OS available, and I will be using a 1tb drive I've bought earlier. I'm probably going to get a larger montior in the future, so this should be able to play games at high settings at 1440x900 in the future aswell. Thanks for the heads up on the motherboards, I didn't even notice that one. The 16x 8x looks really good too.. I wonder what the difference between them is.. Very suspicious, considering the more expensive one has 8x 8x.. Maybe it's the advertising.
EDIT: I see the difference: there are 2 more 6gb/s SATA ports, and two eSATA ports.. Which I really don't need. That'll save me a pretty penny.
Nice choices, I'm going to be doing the very same thing this summer, getting an i3-2100 so I can upgrade to an i7-2600k in the future. Except I think I might go with a GTX 560, as well as a seasonic PSU. Hope your build goes smooth!
Yeah, one of the cards has "OC" at the end meaning that the manufacturer overclocked the card for a little bit better performance. However you can overclock the non-OC card yourself and it is ridiculously easy to do. You can read reviews on newegg of people doing this already. The compare is located on the list view, there is a compare checkbox underneath every item and a compare button near the top. Good luck!