I have been a member a while here but I honestly don't recall ever posting anything. I seem to enjoy lurking and reading the info here and I feel like this is the best community to get a good response to my fairly general question. I want to know if I am missing anything or if I should take a different path with a few parts. This is my first fully built system and, while I am A+ certified, I could have accidentally overlooked something.
Lets start with the simple part. This is what I own:
EVGA GTX580 Superclocked Editions x2
Asus VG236HE 23" 1080p 120Hz LCD
Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherboard
Samsung Blu-Ray Drive
I have considered a SSD for a boot drive but I have no idea what a really safe size is for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. RAM is also up in the air. Frankly I don't care what brand it is as long as it is good performing and is 8GB or more. This is could easily evolve over time as well but I would sort of like to keep the final parts in the $1000 neighborhood. I would be willing to maybe go as high as $1200.
I was also sort of iffy on the PSU as well. I want to keep it at around 1000w and the Zalman had good reviews. Any input on it is appreciated.
This is primarily a gaming pc/workstation. I will use it for some photoshop work, moderate video editing, and some media. I will be using it for some fairly heavy programming work as well such as Java and other web development fun.