I do not have a set budget, but it is likely that im going to start off this thing at around $1600 and work my way up by adding extra parts that are not needed later (Ex: Extra HDDs, The second GPU, Etc). I would go with Haswell, however i prefer to have the extra PCIe lanes so I can run Crossfire at x16 on both cards. Granted switching to a six core later on may be a idiotic move in terms of price but like i said i am only considering it at the time, i dont even know if i will. It is likely i will wait till Haswell-E and gut this rig and just replace the old X79 and LGA2011 for the new X99 and LGA2011-3. According to YOGI i would have to partition my SSD to cache and do all that stuff i am starting to debate if i will even use an SSD and just go with HDDs because im not sure how to partition a drive. After calculating it out with PCPARTPICKER.com it looks like i will need something more than a 850W PSU just for the parts so i might just throw in a 1000W EVGA SuperNova and call it a day since there are no companies offering things in the 900W range. I know IB-E will be the last of its kind on the X79 but i dont mind, it is a nice chipset and will do me enough justice till HSWL-E comes out and has enough time to get reviewed and inspected. If HSWL-E flops (which is unlikely) i will have a decently powerful chipset to rely on in that case. This rig is all about saving some dollar signs here and there, but also to provide a sturdy rig in case new parts in the future turn out to be total bull crap. I have built 2 rigs using a 4770K and i know what they are capable of but... its just not what im looking for in this one.