Recomendations for my i7 Build.

bublack33

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next couple weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1600 with monitor and keyboard

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, videos, music, streaming to PS3, college stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: pretty much what I have

OVERCLOCKING: Not for a while SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want dual monitor support both monitors are full 1080p

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Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail (COMBO)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail (COMBO)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail (COMBO)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823175103

Total: $1516.39

Any recomendations would be greatly appriciated.
One thing I am toying with is the GPU. What would be the best bang for the buck: 260's SLI, a 285, a 295, 275's SLI?
Also I was planning on using the stock cooler but what do you think? They arent all that expensive but is it worth it if Im not overclocking?
 

tecmo34

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1.) Drop the LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail and get a standard DVD burner, unless you are truly planning on burning Blue-ray disk.

2.) I would recommend getting XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail over the EVGA GTX 260 Core 216. Also, it is not worth setting up and spending money on a SLI or Crossfire setup at this time with DX11 cards around the corner.

3.) I would recommend getting a HSF over stock cooler... a XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail for example.

 

bublack33

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Well its not a blu-ray burner, but I do want a blu-ray reader in my computer.

You are right. The 4890 will probably be a better bet, however I have always stuck with nVidia. But with the DX11 cards coming, I am truly considering going with the 4890. I am still unsure with this one.

I added the cooler.

Thanks for the recomendations.