This is my first rig dedicated towards gaming, after researching these parts for the past several weeks, this is the best setup I could put together to fit my needs working with a $900-1000 budget. The approximate purchasing date will probably be this month, however, if I could shave an extra $100+ off by waiting till a sale such as Independence Day, I will.
System Priority Usage: Gaming, surfing the web, watching movies.
Preferred Websites (US): Amazon (receive free shipping and no tax), Newegg (unfortunately am one of the three states that get taxed on my purchases).
Crossfire Not now, but another year down the road I would like to snag another 6950.
My preferences to noise are non-existent, if its loud, so be it as long as it comes with more power/less cost than the other. Again, you guys are the experts, any and all helpful advise will be greatly appreciated.
1. Like rvilkman said, get a DVD burner. You can pretty much get the least expensive DVD burner you can find. But I wouldn't bother with a Blu-ray drive. I've read nothing but issues with buying blu-ray drives because they may or may not come with blu-ray software and even then that software may or may not play blu-rays very well. Most people end up having to purchase an upgrade to the software that came with the drive to be satisfied. I just bought a stand-a-lone bluray player because of this to add to my setup.
2. The combo deal that ikyunG posted seems like a better deal to me than the antec 300. I have the first version of the antec 900 and it's great. I've read that the new version is just better all around so I'd recommend the antec 900, especially for the same price.
3. If you want a 6950, which I think is the right choice, then get a reference 6950 that can be unlocked to a 6970. Reference cards are the ones with the single fan at the very end of the card and the exhaust vents out the back of the card. I haven't done this myself yet but a quick google search will show the easy guides on how to do it. I think that would be the best way to spend your money on a video card.