I have a basic idea of what I'm going to buy except the motherboard.
I'll use it for gaming mostly.
The components I'm buying are:
CPU: i7 980x
Graphics: ati 5970
RAM: Kingston DDR3 6GB
The motherboard is really bothering me, I'm currently looking at ASUS P6X58D Premium and GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7. The gigabyte board doesn't seem to function as well as it should according to the reviews of newegg despite it having better specs than the asus board. I could really use some advice on the motherboard I should buy.
If you've got no need to expand in multiple graphics (you can always add another 5970) get any of EVGA, Gigabyte or Asus brand cards and you're more or less safe. If you want USB3 and SATA3 then your options are way less and prices thereafter.
A motherboard forms the most essential part of a system as it is the most difficult component to upgrade unlike CPU's , video cards or even PSU's.. Now you are suggesting that you can invest on an i7 980X and a HD 5970 but need relaxation on the motherboard..!!!