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Need help confirming my parts list for a new gaming rig...

Hey, everyone. I've put together a list of parts and I'd really like someone to confirm my build. I've selected these parts after much discussion on the TH forums, so I think everything should be compatible and meet my goals, but just in case, I'd like to get a final verdict from anyone who's got the time to look it over. Here we go...

Goals
*Play current/new games at max settings (with decent AA/AF) at 1920x1080 (I want to get on the Crysis 2/BF:BC 3 train with everybody else :D)
*Maintain steady high framerates without dipping below 40 fps
*Boot and load games/files/applications with a minimal amount of waiting
*Have components that will facilitate new upgrades (such as a mobo with room for more GPUs and a PSU that can handle said GPUs)

Parts List
*Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=intel_core_i5-2500K-_-19-115-072-_-Product
*Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-P67A-UD4-B3
*GPU - EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 580 (will add second in sli when more power is needed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587&cm_re=nvidia_geforce_GTX_580-_-14-130-587-_-Product
*PSU - XFX XPS-850W-BES
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=XFX%20Black%20Edition%20850W%20PSU
*HDD - Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint 1TB Hard Drive (I'll be using two of these in RAID 0 to hold all of my games/movies/music)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20HD103SJ%20Spinpoint%201TB%20Hard%20Drive
*SDD - OCZ Technology OCZSSD2-2VTX50G (I'll install Windows 7 on this drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227528&Tpk=N82E16820227528
*RAM - G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&Tpk=G.SKILL%20F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
*CD/DVD Drive - Lite-On iHDS118-04
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276
*Case - Rosewill ARMOR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147047

So, will all these parts work together? Will they meet my gaming goals? Also, which version of Windows 7 is best for high-power gaming?

Thanks in advance for the help!
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    Everything looks good except that case looks like it might be a little small for two of those cards and a decent sized cpu h/s ...and Windows 7 is definitely the way to go imo.

    I would take a look at the Cooler Master CM 922 for the same price as that Rosewill yet it's much larger.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 $99.98 - $89.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Here's a few combo's down below that might help.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632648 Combo Discount: -$25.00 Combo Price: $264.98
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.624858 ombo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $209.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $189.98
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.630014 Combo Discount: -$18.00 Combo Price: $706.98
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631507 Combo Discount: -$40.00 Combo Price: $609.98
    Rosewill THOR Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case support XL-ATX, Four Fans-1x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1x Top 230mm Fan, ...
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  2. Here you will find a direct comparision of what copy of windows 7 does what.
    http://www.winsupersite.com/article/win7/windows-7-product-editions-a-comparison

    Hope this helps.
  3. Oh wow, these combo deals knock like $200 off my final purchase :D Thank you for that! I like the case/GPU combo because it costs the same as the other option, but it bumps me up to the next quality level, and that THOR case is awesome.

    I'll check out the Win7 list as well. I don't need many features, I just want the one that has the least amount of Windows background garbage (you know, all those useless programs that seem to be chugging away all the the time). At any rate, I'll take a look at the charts :)

    Thanks, guys.

    EDIT: Looks like 7 Ultimate is the best way to go. Apparently the other versions cap performance. What's up with that? Oh well, it costs a little more, but it lets your PC be as powerful as it can. Thanks for that link, dsM22.
  4. Just bumping this thread a bit before I close it and set my build in stone.

    Does anybody else have anything to contribute? Are we 100% sure that this build will work and play them sweet 1080p games? Do any of you guys have any suggestions on how to make it better?

    If not, I'll be closing this thread and commencing the buy/assemble phase :D
  5. Everything looks good from here. :)
  6. Hey, thanks for the advice, everybody (and specifically to Why_Me and dsM22).

    I'll undoubtedly be back to Tom's again and again for build advice :D

    Cheers.
  7. Best answer selected by guitarjanitor.
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