1. Usually Asus or Gigabyte. As far as a specific recommendation, I don't really have one at this point. There are new X58 boards being released constantly. It would be a good idea to get one with USB3 support to future proof a bit.
3. Maybe, maybe not. Intel is changing the socket again on it's high end parts likely near the 4Q 2011- 1Q of 2012. Now, whether this will effect consumer choices is unclear, but servers are going to LGA 1567. Whether Intel will keep support up for/keep new CPUs coming for Socket 1366 is an unknown. Further down the road, you can always roll a 6 core CPU into it. Either way, it will still be a top performing system for at least two years. (assuming a decent overclock)
4. I like RAM with low heat spreaders as the tall ones sometime interfere with CPU coolers, as you might get tired of that H50 after awhile. i7 9XX CPUs run hot, nature of the beast. 6 gig is more than enough in 99% of the time. 12 gigs of RAM can often lower potential overclocks. The main thing I look for in RAM now is speed vs voltage. Some DDR3 needs 1.65V to go 1600, some need as little as 1.55V. Lower voltage RAM is cooler RAM.
5. For Fans, I usually head to SVC and go through specs till I find the CFM/db rating I can live with.
6. Yes. Whether you need one or not depends on whether you selected the right fans to begin with. Selecting high RPM/noisy fans to begin with make a controller mandatory vs being an option.
7. Yes. Not a big fan of that PSU though, eventhough I do like Corsairs. At this point I would go with an 850HX or 750HX, or wait awhile on the new AX series. http://www.corsair.com/news/press_release.aspx?id=1509336
Your system, even crossfired won't pull more than 450 watts total, so it would be right in the comfort zone of a 750-850 watt PSU.
Great case. Have you actually checked out the measurements on it as it is a really big case. I like big cases (my rig is in a full tower Enermax server case) but some don't realize what they are getting. You will have a nice system when it goes together.
Edited by dpunisher, 05 June 2010 - 10:10 PM.
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
3770K @4.5, Corsair H100, GTX780, 16gig Samsung, Obsidian 700 (yes there is a 700)