SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, surfing the internet, watching netflix movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTSnewegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like an Intel CPU (i7 I think), and have had good experiance with ASUS MB.
OVERCLOCKING: Most likely no, but i might if i get my nerve up.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I am putting one card in now, and will add one or two are the months go along.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am hooking this up to my westinghouse 47in monitor and my home stereo for surround sound. I am not sure if I need an aftermarket HS or not. I have never added an aftermarket HS. Also thought about trying out water cooling.
Here is what I have picked so far:
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$3000 budget is huge, you could make a great gaming PC on 2000. I would personally suggest the i5 build since it's actually better in gaming than the i7-920. If you like the idea of hyperthreading then go for the i7-860. A few changes I'd make including the i5:
CPU: i5-750 (or i7-860 if you'd prefer)
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO[/url] ($190)
Case: HAF 922 ($90). HAF the price ( ) of the Antec and it's overall bigger and better (even though it's listed as a mid case, it's huge). The Antec is a great case as well, but the HAF is a great cheaper option.
PSU: 1200W is overkill for almost every system. For a two card system you could get away with a quality 750W PSU.
RAM: The RAM you have listed there is good, but if you go with the i5/i7-860 build you'll want dual channel RAM and if you can look for something at 1600MHz and CL7.
HDD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint 500GB. This is much better and is cheaper than the WD you have listed.
HSF: The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is the best option for $30
GPU: In your budget you could get an HD5970. The ATI 5xxx cards are much better than the nVidia cards right now, so you definitely want to go with that. The 5970 is the best card on the market right now.
In this budget you could probably fit an SSD in your build to have faster boot times.