Here's what's in my shopping cart:
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
ASUS VK266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
2x XFX GX295NHWFC GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail
2x G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD - Retail
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601975 - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
LG Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20 - Retail
Corsair CMFSSD-256GBG2D 2.5" 256GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System - Retail
Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
3com 3CRDAG675B PCI Wireless Adapter - Retail
Any incompatibilities in that list?
Any last suggestion/opinion? (I do realize the gain realized by using two 295's will be minimal compared to the price increase but I have the budget, in fact my original 5,000$ for the computer and 1,300$ for the screen were far too much. The grand total shipping included for everything listed below is $4,845.61.)
I thank you very much for all your suggestions and explanations. I probably saved about 1,000$ thanks to you.
Edit: I just noticed that my university's bookstore is offering windows 7 ultimate for 20$.... I'm not asking a question here on whether it's worth it or not. What I'm asking is: will the parts selected work as well on windows 7 ultimate than they would have on vista ultimate? How about the drivers etc..?
And since I have some extra money left from my projected expenses, would there be a case with significant improvements over the cosmos? (Price doesn't matter, as long as it's not as ridiculous as > 1000$)..
Is that case expensive because it's got a spider on it...? Or is it actually somewhat well-thought and good overall. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811112174
How about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...er%20cosmos%20S
Same size, brand, design, lighter, more fans, not much more expensive. ?
And to finish, do I need to buy some "thermal compound" for the cpu/heatsink contact?
Edited by pleurebleu, 18 September 2009 - 08:19 PM.