I'm getting ready to order everything for my first build, and was hoping for some comments/advice on what I've chosen. My main use will be for non-gaming - dvd->divx, avi->mpg, dvd mastering, converting vhs to dvd, photoshop elements picture editing, etc. Pretty normal for someone with small children.
The only game I see myself trying in the near future is Fallout3, and maybe L4D. I may have chosen a graphics card that's a bit too much for what I need, but I figured I'd cover my bases since I'll have it for 5 years or so.
I plan on picking up 2 1T drives locally & setting them up as RAID1, then grabbing a 3rd 1T to use as temporary storage. Then I can expand as needed down the road.
Here's what I've come up with so far - everything but the hard drives:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
LITE-ON Black DVD Writer LightScribe Support
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan
(extra fan for 212+)
So what do you think? What am I missing? It's about $1300 as-is. My biggest worry is the monitor since I know nothing about flatscreens. Maybe I should go with less there? Same for the graphics card.
I'd welcome any input. I'm a little nervous about dropping the cash.