1: i dont recommend a d14 at a 1000 dollar build
2: id suggest getting the ud3h as it has SLI
3: vertex 4 is faster and more reliable than the vertex 3
4: i dont see the point of spending a 100 dollars on a case when you can use that for the video card
5: the xfx is a cheaper and does the same job just as well if not better
1: nothing is wrong. i have one myself and my friend has a hyper 212. the hyper 212 is more apporpriate for your price range. if you want to spend the extra, you are welcome to do so
2 k then. never mind what i said but please be sure and read through the specs and compare them
My thoughts (Ima noob, so take this with a grain/block of salt):
1. CM 212 evo cooler. Cheaper and very good
2. SSD: IMO as a varsity noob I'd choose Samsung 830 (840 pro just came out and has a great review on Tom's), Crucial M4, or Intel. OCZ SSD's just don't have that great of reviews on NEWEGG as compared to the 3 brands mentioned.
3. I like the ENERMAX brand myself. Almost bought one - however - you can usually get a very good one (Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling ) for cheaper. I did not say better, just very good and cheaper.
Let me just say that everything in your build are solid, well approved choices. Nice planning build!
Let me also say that unless you're doing extreme overclocking, then the air cooler is way overkill and you can save dollars by using a Hyper 212 cooler. I use them in all my builds and I still do moderate overclocking easily!
After having messed with SLI and Crossfire in several different builds, let me just say that it's mostly not worth it. If you really want to upgrade your graphics, then I would suggest selling the card you have and upgrading to a better single card. I've had repeated, multiple issues using dual card solutions. Everything from games *supporting* them, but not very well (Bethesda Titles), to games that simply won't play at all with SLI/Crossfire (World of Tanks).
Lastly, OCZ is hit and miss. If you get a working SSD from them, then life is good. If you get a bad one, like my first one, then it's hellish trying to get it replaced. They will literally blame every other component in your build down to the mouse not being compatible before they will admit that their drive is bad and accept an exchange. Samsung and Crucial, on the other hand, have had very solid customer support. Especially Samsung. Intel is very good, but way overpriced like all Intel products.
It seemed better to me to use this thread, instead of opening a new one, since it's the same build.
So, I decided to ditch the 6950 that I already had, and instead of cross-firing, I would prefer to get a single card which will perform best, since I will be gaming in 1080p and one monitor. So no need to crossfire to achieve higher resolutions.