So after a little research this is what I have came up with.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: $1600 (give or take $100)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (MMOs mostly), Movies, VMWare Homework.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No Monitor, Mouse, or Keyboard needed.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: OPEN
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION:Not 100% sure since my PC won't boot atm, it's a very nice LG flatron 24" monitor.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have already ordered most of the parts from newegg.com. I'm mainly looking for video suggestions with strong supporting arguments but if someone can make a great case on why a different MB/CPU/RAM/ETC should be used I'll listen.
Now I chose the i7 over the i5 because I do run VMWare for school and from time to time edit and re-encode movies and I don't think I'll lose too much performance, if any, over the i5. The evga board over an asus was just randomness, i've purchased evga items before and have always been happy. For the video I went the nVidia route because I've always used them. I know them, I know what the numbers and letter mean and how they perform. Doing more research ATI may have been better. I don't know ATI so I'm looking for some education. I'm seriously considering returning the 260s and picking up an ATI card(s). I'd like to stay in the same price range ($400-500), upgrading later is an option. Please let me know what you think.
Ok so I looked up the 5870 and from the reviews I've read it seems like a beastly card. I'll continue to use my 8800 GTS until I can find one of these bad boys in stock. Thanks for the input. As for the RAM and HDD, yes I've purchased them already. While everyone has been raving about the GSKILL RAM, I decided to go for the Corsair due to the name. Corsair has never let me down before so no reason to mess with a good thing. The hard drive wasn't given any thought it was the first one that came up in the list on newegg. I plan on adding a SSD if I don't get one for Christmas.
While this is 75% a gaming machine I do a fair amount of virtualization and video stuff so I think the i7 is a better option for me.