Originally Posted by zorrobyte
With exchange rates and VAT the prices are usually around the same across the board.
As for the build, I'd recommend Samsung 1TB drives as it's been reported that WD drives won't raid unless you buy their "special" RAID version which is the same drive but isn't crippled in the firmware. Two Sammys in RAID will do an average of 260MB/s.
I'd recommend getting a HX850 as it carries a 7 year warranty, still modular, and 850W is plenty for tri SLI if you plan to upgrade.
Why not Sandy Bridge? Also, unless you need CUDA or Physx the 6970 benches just as well and sometimes higher then the 580 with less thermals/power consumption.
HDDs - I haven't heard anything about WD's RAID problems so far, can I get a link to this, please?
PSU - I've researched about this as well and it was the topic for a couple of days until we cleared past it. Yes, 850W would grant me all the supply I'd require, but my build is all about recycling as many parts as possible in the future. Thankfully Case and PSUs are one of the few pieces you can reliably recycle, and I do plan to do some heavy overclocking later down the line on the CPU as well as the GTX 580 SLI that will be present once prices go down.
Overclocking will get closer towards 850W, and as it turns out, I'm fine on spending money on equipment which will last me well in the future. The 1000W supply is one of those components that appear to be the case.
Sandy Bridge - I haven't stumbled upon good SB mobos from most retailers, and a high end gaming build appears to be leaning towards the i7 series at the moment. When it's time to upgrade the CPU, I'll most definitely get a SB and an appropriate CPU, but this build should pull me through just fine as it stands. CPU upgrades always dictate Mobo updates, anyways.
Keyboard - It's just personal preference in this case, I don't feel like detaching and shifting keyboard components around would prove useful in my case. I like the idea, but I'm positive I wouldn't make good use out of it. Not sure what the knobs are for to be honest though, got me kind of curious.Edited by Luponius - 1/31/11 at 11:51am