Also, the Samsung Spinpoint F1 hard drives are one of the fastest performing drives on the market right now, I'd consider it over the WD version. Although if you want, you could consider the new WD Velociraptor...
Though the original poster didn't state what WD 1TB hard drive he was considering, the WD Caviar Black 1TB
is the fastest 7200rpm drive. However, the Spinpoint F1 is $40 cheaper, and it offers very close performance to the Caviar Black in most areas. The Velociraptor is also an interesting choice, but the original poster stated that he'd like a 500GB+ hard drive. However, if there is room in the budget, he could perhaps get a Velociraptor for Vista and games, and something like this WD 640GB
for additional storage.
And finally, make sure your Thermaltake PSU is listed in this page, as some research is showing me that some 1000W PSUs are not powerful enough...
That Thermaltake is a very, very good PSU. The high-end (1000W+) ToughPowers are some of the best PSUs you can buy. NVIDIA lists the 1000W model as being able to support 2 GTX 280s, and 3 GTX 260s, but not 3 GTX 280s. The 1200W model is capable of supporting 3 GTX 280s, if that's something you'd ever want to do. There's really no reason to get a third card though, as the benefits of Tri-SLI are basically non-existent. Most benchmarks show Tri-SLI only receiving a handful of FPS more than regular SLI. Of course, this could change in the future, but probably not before the GTX 280 is replaced by a much better card.
Unless you have money to throw around, the QX9650 is not a wise choice. The Q9550
will give you more than enough power, for a lot less money.
Edited by stettybet0, 23 August 2008 - 05:13 PM.