I7 Build, ~$1100 as configured. Looking for some input

TheCode007

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: Would like to keep the price of parts under ~$1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > all other computer usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com . Would consider other sites for a heatsink

OVERCLOCKING: Not going SLI / Xfire for the time being, possibly in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 22" Samsung, 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Haven't picked out yet, but am looking for a CPU heatsink/fan as well. Plan on doing some overclocking, nothing overly extensive. Would like to "future-proof" it enough so that I can sink some upgrades into it within the next 2yrs or so

PARTS PICKED OUT:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Any advice as to alternative parts would be great. Heatsink advice, as well as anything else relevant would help greatly. This is my 2nd pc build and I'll be upgrading from a Core2Duo Conroe.
 

HibyPrime

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If you're willing to raise the price as you said, then you might want to think about upping your gfx card to a 4890 for the ~10% performance boost now, overclocking headroom, and when you do upgrade to a CF config, you'll be a little more future proof.

If you're intent on extreme gaming and being future proof, then you really wont go wrong with a GTX285.

edit: links

GTX285 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187077
4890 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161277