SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Rendering (Maya/mental ray, Photoshop, etc.. CPU-dependent), HD video, Internet, etc, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers, OS (W7 RC)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any other reliable site.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Definitely keeping the i7. ATI graphics preferred. I'm also partial to Cooler Master cases. Everything else open to suggestion.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, CPU.
SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually. Would prefer a single, more powerful card for now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080--wasn't able to check when I saw the monitor I'll be borrowing for the next several months. ~22in LCD.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not looking for a final build yet, as prices and availability will change between now and when I can buy this system. I might also pick up one of the new 58XX Radeons when they come out. This is more to see if I'm on the right track in choosing parts and don't have any compatibility issues or other stupid decisions.
I'll also be adding to this machine over time--second video card, hdds, possibly water cooling.
I would suggest you buy the CPU, mobo, RAM and graphics card the last as they are the ones, that constantly change and getting them last would get you the current best deal...As for the case, PSU, DVD and HDD, there wont be much changes/ difference...