Ok here is my parts list so far :
LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASRock X58 Extreme 3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
SILVERSTONE DA700 700W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
OCZ Reaper Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR1333C9LV12GK
<-- Eventually there will be 2x of these
2 x HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
And for completeness sake the optical drive
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
All of this comes in at ~2200ish (with 24 gb of ram).
My questions are:
1) is everything going to fit in this case? I've seen the desktop video cards these days they're huge. I don't want to order this case only to find out that the video card won't fit inside.
2) Is the listed power supply up to the task? especially when the ram is maxed. How much larger would the powersupply have to be to handle sli in the future?
3) I chose this case because it has good reviews about how roomy it is, sleek lines and it doesn't light up like a christmas tree. Is there a cheaper case available that has these same properties?
Also just a general question this build is going to be purchased part by part over a series of paychecks, are the fermi cards expected to come down in price anytime soon?
And lastly just because I've been reading the forums before posting this and have seen people recommend against buying large quantities of ram, I'm quiet sure that I need the ram, I have a system now with 12gb of ram and keep hitting the memory ceiling. This computer will be used for memory intensive programming and cuda/opencl programing primarily with gaming being a second use.