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    I thank you for all of your input. I just gave the OP an update, so check up on it my ninjas.

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    that NZXT case does look very small, and the 5850's are pretty large cards and with the PCIe power connectors on the end, it requires even more room. Everything will probably fit, just plan your cable routing carefully.
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    I just finished giving the OP a revision. The possibility of an i5 CPU was scrapped, and due to popular user demand, I have allowed a return of the possibility of an i7 920/x58/tri-channel core system build possibility, albeit against my better judgement. Please see the points marked ***New*** for greater detail.

    Thank you all very much for your help.

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    I have been considering replacing my current motherboard selection with the EVGA P55 SLI 132-LF-E655-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard. It is $184 taxed/shipped, which is only 20 dollars more than my current mobo. This one looks to be of higher quality and more feature-rich, though my perspective on motherboards is somewhat limited and I ask for your insight.

    Also, I found an Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk for $220 taxed/shipped, and at that price I am highly considering implementing it into my overall build. What are your thoughts?

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    $220 for only 80gb?

    unless you are a benchmark whore, wasting that much money for so little storage space in the interest of gaining a second or two on load times seems a tad silly.
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    I just purchased my CPU and motherboard, changed my ODD of choice, and updated the OP accordingly. I decided to commit to the i7 860 and subsequent compatible motherboard/RAM, so the rest of this build should fall into place pretty easily.

    Final purchases are planned to be made in the next few days if possible.

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    looks good except for the cheap PSU.
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    Tell me what is wrong with the PSU without using the word "cheap."

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    ok, it's mediocre, at best.

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...power_supply/9

    scroll down and read the section "Paul's Thoughts"

    Paul Johnson there is "Spectre" here. Like OW, he knows what he's talking about.
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    Well that's somewhat convincing to me, but they were still reviewing it at a price point of 100+ dollars. I got it for half that, and it's not like my build is going to make an incredible power draw. I'm not doing CF or SLI, and I'm running a turbo-boosted i7 860 on a non-workstation PC. For something rated as a 700w PSU, I don't see why the Hardocp complaint that it "fails under heavy workloads" would be relevant in my case.

    I have not opened the box yet, so I will see if I can get my money back and perhaps invest in a "better" PSU, but I still am not fully convinced that I will need to.

    Anyway.

    One of my biggest questions is if everything will fit into my case of choice, especially with the rather large video card I will be using. Does anyone know for certain?

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