SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, photo/video editing, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: CASE AND POWERSUPPLY, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia/Evga/Asus/Gigabyte/OCZ/Corsair- most brands are A-OK with me, I really just want the best quality without breaking the bank
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI: Yes, in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Several things, I've been out of the loop for 3 weeks (camping) so if there's anything I need to know that is important, please help. It's really hard to catch up on 3 weeks of news in one night. Also, before I left I bought an Antec 1200 and an Antec CP-850 (850W) PSU as a combo deal. That was 240$, which explains the oddity that is my budget.
I have no idea what motherboard to buy. I was going to go with Evga, then Asus, then Gigabyte. At most, I'd only do 2 SLI, but I'm wondering if any new features that might come out where I use a third PCI-E 16x/8x/4x slot for an accessory. So, if possible I would like a 3rd PCI-E slot, but I would also like the most reliable and stable board, and if that meant only 2xPCI-E slots, than that's OK.
Lastly, I have little idea of what RAM to get. I was thinking OCZ Platnium, but I just want solid RAM for under 100$.
I think you are good to go.
I used patriot ddr3-1600 ram without a problem on the P6T deluxe. Read the mobo manual and put the sticks in the orange slots if you only have three. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 after rebate.
Get a small tube of as-5 or mx-2 thermal paste for your cooler.
That RAM looks good, I was thinking of getting a GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P for 260$ with a 20$ MIR, it has everything I want, with 16x/16x/8x PCIE slots. My only issue is that my friend strongly reccomends going with Asus or Evga. Should I pay the extra 20$ and get an Asus P6T V2. There's a -45$ combo deal with an Intel i7 920, which would bring the price below that of the Gigabyte model w/o the MIR. Any advice?