I just put my first build together two weeks ago, so I'm a noob too but I've done tons of research the past year or so and consulted with many friends on the build. I suggested the gpu because I think you would be better off buying a cheaper gpu and paying a little more for a better psu, but if you can afford the better gpu and the better psu by all means go ahead. Also I favor evga cards, I've had them in the past and love them. I have the cheapest 560 and it blows through everything. I can play anything on the highest levels with the exception of crysis, which after sli I should be able to max out. But I would have considered that HIS card if I didn't get the evga.
Ok So I updated the the list adding the better PSU keeping the 6950 and the total
came up to $1000.91 which is on the DOT for my budget. (wheeeww) lol. Like I said
though, Im not dead set on the 6950. Im still trying to figure out which will be
better gpu. Is it going to be Nvidia or Amd! Its like the Battle betwen Coke and
Pepsi. I cant figure it out! LOL
Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to video cards it seems. Some people like xfx because of their warranty but I've heard mixed things about their customer service. Ive heard good things about gigabyte, asus, evga, xfx, saphire. My sister bought a preassembled systemax with a sparkle 550ti and it runs fantastic about the same performance as my 560. I usually go on newegg and look to see which ones get bad reviews and how the manufacturer responds to those. My opinion on video cards is that you should be able to get a cheaper card like a 560 and than later on sli another and you'll have great performance. Some people say that it's better to buy a more expensive card than to sli or cf but I think I would rather have the two cheaper cards in case one goes down and has to be rma you still have the other. Some people will disagree with that. I paid 189 for my evga, added an extended warranty for 10 and I think I got a free download over on steam. I plan to get another after xmas for sli.