I wish to play games like Empire Total War, GTA4, Stalker Clear Sky, and in the future: Operation flashpoint 2 and Mafia 2. etc... I'm not too worried that in 3 years time I might not be able to have anti aliasing on or top quality graphics in a game.
With that in mind, do you chaps think these specs are alright for my gaming needs?
Processor - i7 920 Motherboard - Asus P6T deluxe v2 RAM - 6GB DDR3 1600mhz Graphics card - nVidia GTX 285 CPU cooler - Coolermaster V8 PSU - 1250w Coolermaster Real Power Pro (i chose this wattage because in the future I will want to put in a second gtx 285 in SLI) HDD - 1TB sata 7200rpm 16mb cache Optical drive - 20x dvd+-rw dl sata lightscribe Onboard Sound OS - Vista Premium 64 bit Case - Antec 900 Two
Monitor - 22 inch LG lg 226wu: 1680 x 1050, 2ms, 5000:1 Keyboard, speakers, mouse - cheap tacky ones.
Your rig is a well capable one to play all those games you've mentioned, there are something I'd like to suggest:
1.You don't need the 1.25KW PSU,the 1KW one will do even if you run another GTX285 in future however if you're after the extra 5 years warranty & don't mind the extra expense then by all means go for the bigger one.
2.Don't skimp on the monitor as well as keyboards etc., get a 24" monitor and slightly better keyboard,mouse,speakers,they won't cost you that much more.
3.If the Antec case you meant was 902 then it's good enough for you.