Originally Posted by xSeany
Well see, I do a lot of video type of things, as well as game of course. I may bump down to 4GB of RAM, 64bit Vista of course. I'm planning on going SLI in the future however. And that PSU is kind of a way to future proof myself from needing to buy another one anytime soon. I love ATI and Nvidia and all. I've just had soo much bs with my ATI card. Yeah, it's outdated by a long shot, but still, it loves causing me problems. Even with the driver updated. I want to give Nvidia a chance, Mainly EVGA. My friend runs the same 790i motherboard with 280's in SLI, and he's helping me go through the process of building this. So it makes things much more, fluent I guess? This is all for my birthday present too, it's not like the price is really a big deal, until I reach a certain point, lol. Also, forgot to mention which monitor I'm getting: boom
If you do a lot with video, I would still go with 4GB of memory, but instead get a quad core processor. The quad will help out much more than the memory will for video and audio conversion, etc.
I can understand the need to try new things, but I have to say that your interest in trying nvidia is probably the worst time, given the new series of cards from both manufacturers. If money isn't an issue, then so be it, but realize that you'd still be losing performance by going with an Nvidia setup instead of an ATI setup. Two 4850s in Crossfire beat a single 260, and two 4870s in Crossfire beat a 280. In the next week or two, the 4870x2s will be coming out for about $499, and they will be superior to the GTX 280 by a considerable amount. If you bought a board that had the option to Crossfire, adding another x2 in the future would totally blow a similar build with Nvidia cards out of the water. Two 4870x2s are supposed to be better than Tri-SLI GTX 280s. Obviously it's your choice, but if we don't even consider money as a factor, ATI is still the better choice for performance.
As for the monitor, I don't have experience with Dell, so I can't say either way on your choice. Seems to be a good monitor from the specs. I'd also recommend taking a look at Samsung's new Touch of Color series monitors and HP's lineup as well. Both brands are generally accepted as the best monitor makers for consumers.