Parts Preferences: I don't have any brands in my mind.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: I have one with 1280*1024 resolution -it is an old LCD- but will also purchase another one, probably widescreen but not sure about the resolution. 1366*768 seems nice.
Additional Comments: I am mostly using translation programs and Photoshop. I am playing WoW, Dota 2, Path of Exile in my spare time but I am also trying to play the latest games -my laptop doesn't let me and I am yet to try Crysis 3, CoH 2-. Honestly I want to be able to play games without them getting choppy. Oh, please I want to use a silent PC before I die.
Why Are You Upgrading: I have switched to a laptop almost two years ago however I like to play games in my spare time and my laptop doesn't live up to that expectation. I am currently using a Toshiba Satellite C660D -school-issued laptop and I carry it everywhere-. I also have to read long and I mean really long texts -lecture notes, contracts, expertise reports etc.- and I need to compare them with various sources and I am translationg texts in my "other" spare time. So I will be using two monitors to easily do all of this -alt+tabbing everytime to the other text and then back to other one is pretty boring to be honest and while I have the chance I want a second monitor-. You might say that I can do this on the laptop aswell but you can't imagine how hot and slow the laptop gets after a few hours of usage even with a decent cooler.
I'm a bit short on time so I probably won't be able to respond to this post but it maybe a good idea to list sites (assuming you know some) where you normally would buy from so it can act as a bit of a guide on prices.